Let The Umpire Make The Call

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Have you ever said “I’ve had it. . .that’s enough. . .I can’t take this anymore?”

Perhaps you were referring to an ungodly and/or unqualified supervisor.

Was your exasperation directed at a family member who seems to be in one crisis after another. . .constantly making wrong decisions?

Is your frustration over a seemingly never ending flood of bills coming into your mailbox?

How do people respond to these troubling scenarios?

Actually, one of three ways:

First, you get in the flesh. . .and say or do things. . .you wish you hadn’t.  However, once the cat is out of the bag. . .it’s tough getting it back in.

Reacting in the flesh may make you feel good for a moment. . .but the temporary euphoria of getting even or striking back won’t last and you’ll be left with guilt and whatever consequences of your actions.

Proverbs 16:32 in the Amplified Bible says:

“He who is slow to anger is better and more honorable than the mighty [soldier],

And he who rules and controls his own spirit, than he who captures a city.”

Do you sometimes lose it when something unexpected and undesired happens?  The scripture says that being slow to anger is the way we should act and react.

Proverbs 19:11 in the Amplified Bible says:

“Good sense and discretion make a man slow to anger, And it is his honor and glory to overlook a transgression or an offense [without seeking revenge and harboring resentment].”

In essence this verse is saying that if you aren’t slow to anger you don’t exercise good sense and discretion. 

Is it good sense to fly off the handle. . .so to speak. . .when things upset you?

Does harboring a grudge over an offense make good sense. . .when the Bible says that if we have aught against anyone. . .God will not hear our prayers?

Literally, the Word is commending those who don’t lose it. . .who don’t strike back or hold a grudge against someone for what they’ve done in the past.

James 1:19-20 in the Amplified Bible says:

“Understand this, my beloved brothers and sisters. Let everyone be quick to hear [be a careful, thoughtful listener], slow to speak [a speaker of carefully chosen words and], slow to anger [patient, reflective, forgiving]; 20 for the [resentful, deep-seated] anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God [that standard of behavior which He requires from us].”

Here’s the formula for good sense.

#1        Understand this.  (In other words, God wants you to grab ahold of what He’s         about to say.)

#2        Be quick to hear. (Be a thoughtful listener.)

#3        Slow to speak. (You don’t have to take back what you didn’t say.)

#4        Slow to anger

#5        Be patient, reflective and forgiving

#6        Anger does not produce the righteousness of God

#7        Being anger and resentful is not the kind of behavior God wants from us.

Proverbs 29:11in the Amplified Bible says:

“A [shortsighted] fool always loses his temper and displays his anger, But a wise man [uses self-control and] holds it back.”

That scripture says it all.

Second, you can ignore or refuse to deal with the problems which are ruining your day.

There are several ways you might react.

Some people go to bed. . .staying there depressed and meditating on how bad things are and how wrongly they’ve been treated.

Too much sleep is never the answer.

Proverbs 6:9-10 in the Amplified Bible says:

“How long will you lie down, O lazy one? When will you arise from your sleep [and learn self-discipline]?  “Yet a little sleep, a little slumber, A little folding of the hands to lie down and rest”

Self-discipline is a key to overcome adversity by refusing to allow your emotions to cause you to cop out.

The scripture says to learn self-discipline.  How do you do that?  Seven words.

Read your Bible. . .do what it says.

Proverbs 20:13 in the Amplified Bible says:

“Do not love [excessive] sleep, or you will become poor; Open your eyes [so that you can do your work] and you will be satisfied with bread.”

Do your work. . .be satisfied with where you are. . .when believing, expecting and sowing for a better life.

Others people use shopping as an escape from their circumstances.  Unfortunately, in an effort to feel better. . .they buy things they can’t afford or perhaps don’t even need.

Luke 12:15 in the Amplified Bible says:

“Then He said to them, “Watch out and guard yourselves against every form of greed; for not even when one has an overflowing abundance does his life consist of nor is it derived from his possessions.”

A financial hangover is filled with regret, remorse and guilt.

Falling prey to the lust of the flesh will never make you feel better about yourself or the problems you’re facing. . .But He can, will and He does.

Proverbs 3:6 in the Amplified Bible says:

“In all your ways know and acknowledge and recognize Him, And He will make your paths straight and smooth [removing obstacles that block your way].”

Third, you deal with the problems. . .God’s way.

Rather than throwing in the towel. . .or reacting with unwise emotions why not make a wise decision. . .a scriptural one. . .to let the Word of God rule  your day.

When I say rule. . .I mean to allow the Word to govern, direct and dominate every negative thought and emotion that confronts you.

Colossians 3:15 says:

“And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful.”

If you fail to allow the peace of God to rule your life. . .then worry, fear, insecurity, doubt and other evil spirits will take control of  your day and your destiny.

According to Strong’s Concordance the Greek word for rule is G1018 and it means:

“to be an umpire [or referee], to decide, determine, direct, control”

Paul uses this particular Greek word G1018 to show us that the peace of God can rule our lives as a referee to deal with our hearts, minds and emotions.

Rule comes from a Greek root word G1017 which means:

“the award to the victor in the games, a prize”

When any negative, and for matter sinful, emotions seek to overtake our thought process to throw us into an emotional frenzy. . we can stop it from happening by allowing the Holy Spirit to referee our response to emotional distress.

When we allow the Holy Spirit to referee our lives. . .to give us peace in the midst of every storm. . .things begin to change.

This is one referee who will never make a mistake.

Have you ever watched a sporting event where the referee or the umpire made the wrong call?

Last Saturday, a referee in a college football game between Duke University and the University of Miami. . .a referee clearly made the wrong call on a play during the last seconds of the game.

The referee’s call was so bad that he was suspended for a game by league officials in the Atlantic Coast Conference.  But his ruling was not overturned. . .and it brought anger and confusion because he was to settle the issue. . .not create further problems.

When the Holy Spirit is our referee or umpire. . .we never need the instant replay.  There is no doubt that what the Holy Spirit referee says brings us peace in the midst of every storm.

Colossians 3:15 in the Amplified Bible says:

“Let the peace of Christ [the inner calm of one who walks daily with Him] be the controlling factor in your hearts [deciding and settling questions that arise]. To this peace indeed you were called as members in one body [of believers]. And be thankful [to God always].”

God is not only our referee. . .He is our refuge.  He brings peace into our environment no matter the turbulence we’ve experienced.

Let the peace of God call the shots in our lives. . .

Let the peace of God be the umpire in our life and actions. . .

Let the peace of God act as a referee in our emotions and our decisions. . .

Always remember. . .this umpire. . .referee. . .is always on your side and you always win.