The spirit of rage that has been unleashed is like oil on a fire. We see it in our families, our cities, our nation and across the globe. It is an indicator. It is not just anger, it is rage. When we see this, it is a call to prayer. It is important not to engage the rage, but to intercede. For the rage is the “Spirit of the Pharisee.” The root is pride which breeds the twins of offense and deception.
Saul from biblical times was completely engulfed in this spirit. His pride as king turned to fear, offense and deception regarding a trusted servant, David. It built within Saul until it released an uncontrollable rage against David that was completely unfounded. No matter what David did, Saul was convinced that David needed to be removed and destroyed.
David didn’t engage the rage, in fact, he continued to honor Saul.
As you go about your day, you will no doubt encounter this rage at some time or another. It can rise up at the most unexpected moment and from the most unexpected source. But when that rage tries to engage you, don’t. Remember it is a call to prayer for the person and the situation. Rage blinds eyes to truth and works to bring about destruction.
Proverbs tells us that “Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall.”
The Pharisees worked to destroy Jesus and remove him from the scene, they were completely convinced they were acting on God’s behalf and with “honor”…yet they were completely deceived. The proof is that they were working to destroy and that is what pride seeks to do. To destroy people, relationships, and hope. It becomes a consuming force.
You cannot speak logic to those who operate in this spirit. Don’t try. Don’t engage the rage. Rather pray that the blinders will be removed and that pride would bow its knee and that peace and unity can prevail as it is removed.
Have you encountered this kind of unjustifiable rage? And how did you respond?