The sulks are just the worst. We know how ugly & irksome it is in children: they ask for candy, the answer â€œno,â€ followed by the lower lip sticking out like a slug on the forest floor of the Amazon jungle. The little one is denied what he wanted, and so because his imagined joy is disappointed, heâ€™ll now make sure everyone elseâ€™s joy is as well.
The sulks in a child are, of course, foolish, sinful, and should be corrected. Largely because if the foolishness of sulkiness is not driven from the heart of a child, when they become an adult they will no longer have the sulks, they will be a sulk.
A sulk is never pleased and lets everyone else know. The waitress at the restaurant getâ€™s an earful from him. The boss knows all his excuses. His wife gives a wide berth to his moodiness. His children must clamor for his attention or cower before his volcanic eruptions.
The cause of the sulks is largely envy. He didnâ€™t get his way in the meeting. He didnâ€™t receive the promotion. She wasnâ€™t awarded the prize she was sure she deserved. He was turned down by the girl heâ€™d set his eye on. Her crush asked her best friend out, instead of her.Â
The cure for the sulks is contentment. The Romanian Pastor Richard Wurbrandâ€“â€“imprisoned for refusing to affirm the Communist platformâ€“â€“once described a worship service in prison, â€œ[we clanged] our chains together for musical accompaniment.â€ Rather than sulking in the prison, they turned their hard circumstances into a means of praise. The irrepressible joy of salvation in Christ is the antidote to the sulks. Are you in danger of becoming a sulk? Then flee from the self-absorption of envy, and gaze upon the lovely glory that God sent His Son to die for this sad race of sulks.