Got a quick quiz for you. Who is stronger, a tiger or a man? You know, physically stronger? Correct, a tiger. Who is locked up in a cage, a tiger or a man? Tiger, correct again. Well, if a tiger is physically stronger, why is the tiger the one locked up in a cage? Here is a hint…what does the man have that the tiger doesn’t? Gun, trap, tranquilizers, and usually some kind of strategy.
You see, all these things the man brings to the fight come from his brain. If man uses his intelligence, he can control the tiger. If he doesn’t use his intelligence, the tiger will devour him. The tiger represents our emotions. If you don’t use your intelligence by thinking and strategizing your way through an issue, your emotions kill you.
Whether your emotions get you in trouble with poor judgment, raise your blood pressure, give you heartburn, or interfere with your awareness of God and applying His instruction in a troubling situation, your emotions, left unchecked or supervised, will destroy you.
On the flip side, we don’t want to annihilate our emotions. Just like we lock up the tiger for entertainment, education, edification, or admiration, we want to keep our emotions around because they do have a significant purpose. Our emotions are a tremendous gift from God, even our “negative” feelings, but that’s a devotional for another day. Satan wants to push our emotional buttons so it is easier prey on and devour us. Drugs and alcohol bring emotions to the surface leading to many disastrous decisions.
Today, when you are experiencing some negative feelings, stop and think. Thinking before reacting is always helpful. Ask yourself, “are my feelings controlling my thinking, or is my intelligence controlling my feelings?” Take a deep breath and think about the real problem and a solution. When you are able to think through your emotional states, your level of success during adversity will be dramatically improved. Click here for WITHIN REACH to help you understand how to manage your feelings better.
Dear Father God, thanks so much for giving me my intelligence and my emotions. I confess that I don’t think sometimes and I let my feelings devour my brains, and wow, the damage to others, You, and me is so embarrassing to face sometimes. Help me control my feelings better, and improve my ability to take “every thought captive.” I pray in the name of the perfect role model, Christ Jesus; and all God’s children said, – AMEN!
We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ,
2 Corinthians 10:5
Whoever is slow to anger has great understanding, but he who has a hasty temper exalts folly. A tranquil heart gives life to the flesh, but envy makes the bones rot.