The anger of the Lord burned against Amaziah, and he sent a prophet to him, who said, “Why do you consult this people’s gods, which could not save their own people from your hand?” (2 Chronicles 25:10)
There are times when the emotion of the moment gets us, and we find ourselves doing things that we wouldn’t otherwise do. If we were to stop and think rationally, then we’d likely realize either the silliness or the foolishness of what was happening.
I can’t help but think that Amaziah was swept away in the moment when he took the gods of the people he conquered and started worshipping them. If only he had had a moment of logical thought to ask the question: these gods didn’t save the people against his army, so why would they save him from another army? Clearly these gods were useless, and Amaziah was foolish to give them his worship.
The next time you’re swept away in the moment, take a second to step back from the situation and see what’s really happening. Emotions are powerful, and they can overrule sound decisions if we’re not careful. Make sure you know what may be at stake before you give in to what you’re feeling.
Lord, You created us as beings with emotion, and that’s a good thing. You also created us to have brains, and that’s a good thing, too. Please help us to be wise in the way we allow both our emotions and our thinking to control our actions. Let us live in a way that is glorifying to You.