Sulking, Pouting, Etc.

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Do you struggle with manipulation? Or do you fall victim to it often? God has provided a way out for both the victim and initiator of such efforts to manipulate others.

Today’s Reading: 1 Kings 21

Key Verse: 1 Kings 21:4

So Ahab went into his house sullen and displeased because of the word which Naboth the Jezreelite had spoken to him; for he had said, “I will not give you the inheritance of my fathers.” And he lay down on his bed, and turned away his face, and would eat no food.

Big baby, spoiled brat, always used to having his own way, sulker: are names that come to mind to describe Ahab. He tried to get his own way by manipulating other people. Then there was Jezebel. Ahab’s wife was the daughter of a neighboring king and probably had seen her father get his way by exercising raw power. It becomes a “do it my way or else” approach to life, caution signs that warn: “immature people ahead.” God has provided a way out for both the victim and initiator of such childishness efforts to manipulate others. Repent of such attitudes and actions. Refuse to be an enabler of such actions. Would Ahab have bothered to sulk if he knew Jezebel would not feel sorry for him and spring into action? Ahab tried to turn his life around by showing some repentance, and God’s judgment was postponed for a time. However, the prophet’s predictions would eventually come to pass.

PRAYER FOR TODAY:

Lord God, I pray that I will not succumb to the fleshly impulse to sulk and pout over my circumstances. May I mature into a joyful follower of You. And please Father, when I grow up, I want to be like Your Son, Jesus. In His Name I ask for Your help, Amen!

100 PERSONAL WORDS:

I remember saying to my students as a public school teacher, “Grow up!” A chapter title for one of the books I’ve written is, “From Mess to Maturity, a Work in Process.” Grow up! The Apostle Paul cautioned us to be no longer children, manipulated by trickery, craftiness, and outright deception. (Eph. 4:11-16). When my children were younger and they would pout, I kept a mirror handy so I could show them their facial expression. It’s really hard to retain a snit when you look in a mirror. That screwed up face would soon become a smile and then lots of laughter. It has been said, “Laughter is the best medicine,” and I would add that laughing at one’s self is, without a doubt, the very best kind of laughter. Need a good laugh? Go to the mirror now and make the face you used to make as a child when you were really feeling sorry for yourself because of real or imagined hurt feelings. I’ve just done that. What a good laugh!

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