GOD said to Moses, “I look at this people—oh! What a stubborn, hard-headed people! Let me alone now, give my anger free reign to burst into flames and incinerate them….” Exodus 32:9-10
If there had been a blood pressure pump and gauge available for God and Moses during the wilderness journey, surely they would have been advised to take a beta blocker to avoid having a heart attack or stroke.
I’m not a person quick to anger. It’s unbecoming, and in most cases, unnecessary to get my point across. Showing anger as a result of being frustrated or disappointed in a situation or another person doesn’t accomplish anything. Maybe that’s why I have low blood pressure.
There are times anger is appropriate. God’s anger in Exodus 32 was directed at the Israelites for turning against him by building a golden calf to worship. He threatened to incinerate them for being hard headed. Next, Moses became so angry when he saw the golden calf and people celebrating, that he threw down the newly acquired tablets of the Ten Commandments and smashed then to pieces.
The world continues to be an angry place, often lead by angry people who are in a great position to show restraint in tough situations and defuse anger. Anger is better used as internal energy to make change, not an opportunity to show disappointment, disgust, or authority.
Benjamin Franklin sums up poor use of anger: “Whatever is begun in anger ends in shame.”
Lord, help us use anger when appropriate. Amen.