Daily Devotional for April 27, 2021

According to my phone, I am incredibly popular.  In fact, I am so popular that everyone wants to talk to me.  It has become a real burden.

Yesterday, I got a call from Judy wanting to renew the maintenance warranty on a truck I no longer own.  Jack called to tell me his company would be in the area later this week and wanted to evaluate my roof to see if it needs to be replaced.  Sara called about issuing me a new credit card.  John called about selling me life insurance.  Sam called telling me the IRS is charging me and he can make all the fees and monetary penalties magically disappear.  The list goes on and on….

These calls have become a real nuisance.  It has gotten to the point where I don’t answer the phone if caller ID doesn’t identify the caller, I don’t recognize the number, or the screen says, “Potential Spam.”  That way, I don’t become needlessly angry.

This is exactly the sort of thing Solomon was talking about when he said, “Don’t be too quick to get angry because anger lives in the fool’s heart.”  (Ecclesiastes 7:9 CEB)

There will always be something that irritates, frustrates, or annoys you.  It’s up to you what you do with it.

God doesn’t want you to be needlessly angry.  It’s bad for your soul.

So, when you find yourself in an irritating situation, do what you can to remain calm and not say or do anything you may regret later. 

The robocalls of life will always come.  The good news is we don’t have to respond.  Silence is golden.

Prayer:  Dear Gracious Heavenly God, there are things in this world that irritate the tar out of me.  Help me avoid the trap of needless anger.  Let my life reflect your love.  In Jesus’ name I pray.  Amen.

There’s no law that says I have to answer every phone call.  I don’t intend to.

Just for the record, I never asked to be so popular that my phone is always ringing off the hook.  It’s hard to be me.

I pray your day is filled with joy and laughter.
Tom Robbins