Replacing anger with righteousness

In light of James 1:20 “for the anger of man does not achieve the righteousness of God” (NASB), I have recently asked God for his righteousness rather than my anger.

On Tuesday, I took my daughter to her 9 month well baby check-up. I was excited to learn that she is developing at either average or above average pace. I also learned that her rash would heal faster with a prescription, and she should see an eye doctor.

The doctor wrote and sent a prescription for the rash to the pharmacy. I was told that the prescription would be there by the time I arrived at the pharmacy, but it was not. While waiting, I was intrigued by the fact that I could get a DNA test to determine if Kevin was my daughter’s dad without a prescription, but I had to wait for a prescription for a little rash.

Back to the point, two hours after I left the doctor’s office, I finally had her prescription in my hand.  And during those two hours, God removed my frustration and replaced it with gratitude for the opportunity to show how Christians should respond to unplanned delays.

On Wednesday a referring company (thanks to my daughter’s doctor) helped me get an appointment with an eye doctor for her, but I needed to check with the insurance company about coverage. After two hours and six or more phone calls, I was so confused.  The referring company was telling me that the doctor should be covered. The insurance company told me that he was not in the list of covered doctors, but he could still be covered.  The billing department for the doctor told me that I might need to cancel the appointment and find a different doctor. I wanted to get mad, but God took my frustration and replaced with gratitude for my dad who took over the situation and thinks he found the reason for the confusion on how it would be billed.

Satan might test our desire to do things Christ’s way, but the Bible says that “God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will provide the way of escape also, so that you will be able to endure it” (1 Cor. 10:13, NASB).

God is faithful when we fail.  God is faithful when we succeed. God is faithful in the complex things and in the simpler things. God is faithful and can replace your anger with His righteousness.

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