Proverbs 19: King James Bible
Great Wrath – Daily Devotion of Proverbs chapter nineteen, Verse 19
19 A man of great wrath shall suffer punishment: for if thou deliver him, yet thou must do it again.
Daily Inspiration from These Verses – Great Wrath
Typically, when we are introduced to the word “shall” in any of these pieces of scripture, it represents a sure thing. I take scriptures such as these as a decree, or as a natural law right along side of “what goes up, must come down.”
As Proverbs teaches us not to get tangled up with a fool in his folly, here we are warned against trying to keep a man of great wrath out of trouble. I believe that the types of people being spoken about in the verse above, transcends folks with a temper problem.
A man of great wrath is on the warpath for whatever reason, and thinks nothing of taking actions that will land him in trouble. I’ve been there to a certain extent, being so angry about something, that consequences tend to appear far more tolerable (of course till it’s time to suffer the consequences).
With a person of this type, only God Almighty can get through to him, and intervene long enough for some sense to override whatever vengeful spirit is grinding the person’s gears. Even with the best of intentions, friends or family can actually add fuel to the fire trying to appease a man of great wrath.
To avoid having to intervene and continuously get this person out of trouble again & again, continuous and powerful prayer can make a difference as to whether or not the person will be still long enough to think clearly. I believe that this is a spiritual issue that the scripture is pointing us towards, and without spiritual intervention, any form of physical intervention won’t work. Or at least won’t stick for very long.
True change of a man comes from the inside out, but first the strongman needs to be bound if it is a spiritual issue. And there is no change that is made available that is as potent, important, and everlasting, than salvation through Christ Jesus.
Some people are changed instantly, having whatever agitating spirit booted from the person because of the entrance and intervention of Christ. But that isn’t a standard rule. Sometimes it can take quite awhile after salvation, for all kinds of things to take effect, including different negative sides to our nature to be replaced by a more Christlike nature.
Either way, natural (or physical) methods only place a band-aid over a bullet wound, as it relates to someone given over to great wrath. Someone who harbors such a trait, will never exhaust reasons to be that way, and react to things in a wrathful manner.
Only through the power of the Lord God Almighty, can there be a true change in spirit, being made as evidence through the flesh. Yes indeed; great wrath must also be nailed to the cross, along with everything else, and nobody else is qualified to make that happen more than Christ Jesus.
Related New Testament Scripture
Romans 2: King James Bible
8 But unto them that are contentious, and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, indignation and wrath, 9 Tribulation and anguish, upon every soul of man that doeth evil, of the Jew first, and also of the Gentile; 10 But glory, honor, and peace, to every man that worketh good, to the Jew first, and also to the Gentile: 11 For there is no respect of persons with God.
Mark 3: King James Bible
27 No man can enter into a strong man’s house, and spoil his goods, except he will first bind the strong man; and then he will spoil his house.
Philippians 3: King James Bible
20 For our conversation is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ: 21 Who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body, according to the working whereby he is able even to subdue all things unto himself.
Thank you for intervening, and making a big difference in our lives. Thank you also for your Word, that builds us up in the knowledge of you, and the ways things have been orchestrated to operate. If any of us harbor a spirit of great wrath, or have a friend or family member who suffers such a thing, please intervene in the way that only you can, and change us Lord, from the inside out, so that we are all the more closer toward being better ambassadors, better servants, and more obedient children. In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ we pray.
Ever notice that consequences take a back seat to great wrath?