“Why do you let your emotions take over, lashing out and spitting fire?” (Job 15:12, MES). “A sound mind makes for a robust body, but runaway emotions corrode the bones” (Matthew 13:21, MES). “A fool expresses all his emotions, but a wise person controls them” (Proverbs 29:11, GW).
The Scriptures are very clear. Being a Christian does not somehow inoculate one from trouble, challenges, and setbacks. We are promised a remedy, help, support, and restoration when we do find ourselves up to our ears in difficulty. John 16:33 says, “in this world you will have trouble, but be of good cheer, I [Jesus] have overcome the world.” Mark 4:17 reminds us, “when (not if) trouble or persecution comes because of the word.” Psalm 46:1 exhorts, “God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.” The trouble often leads us to reacting emotionally in a direction that contradicts the sound counsel of the Word of God.
There are two common responses to trouble and challenges in life: (1) drama – the expression of anxiety, turmoil, doubt, fear, anger, or unbelief through the emotions or, (2) rest – the peace of God that is the consequence of the release of the force of faith from the spirit. Hebrews 4:3 teaches us that we are to labor to enter into that rest through faith.
Drama can include breaking out into tears, pity, whining, complaining, anger, threats, bargaining with God, depression or the putting forth of fleeces before the Lord. James 1:19-21 reminds us to be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry because our anger (or drama) does not bring about the righteous life that God desires. Some would say, “why it’s not natural to go through trouble, hardship, and challenges without the drama.” Right, and we are not natural people, we are supernatural, born again, new creations in Christ Jesus!
We need to remember when we’re tempted to yield to an emotional meltdown that drama is not anointed to deliver, heal, provide, or produce. In fact, drama often pushes you right out of the will of God. Emotions become dangerous and a liability when we let them dictate our path or when we begin to believe that drama will actually bring any constructive solution.
Think about some examples from the Bible. If Cain had skipped the drama he never would have slain his brother. If Abraham had skipped the drama he would have waited for Isaac and prevented the impact of Ishmael that is with us to this day. If Moses had skipped the drama he would have entered the promised land. If David had skipped the drama he would have kept his pants on. If Judas had skipped the drama he would not be snorting sulfur right now. Let’s face it. We are emotional beings but the Lord never intended for us to run our lives through the impulses of the emotions but through the peace of the born again spirit.
In today’s article I want to list some consequences of drama:
1. Drama is unproductive (yields no results).
2. Drama reveals and indicates unbelief.
3. Drama postpones the breakthrough in our lives.
4. Drama drains our energy.
5. Drama wastes time.
6. Drama taints and skews our decisions.
7. Drama influences others negatively.
Be watching the blog for more on “skipping the drama.” I will be discussing how to stop the drama in your life. Remember, there’s something on you – it’s the blessing!