Have you ever talked someone out of his or her anger? I worked with Martha (name changed to protect me)—a woman at a law firm who had an anger issue. She was a plus-size woman, who walked with authority and bullied her way around the office. Her father had been a successful attorney, and I believe she missed the opportunity to become an attorney and became a paralegal. Martha was bright, quick, and she knew a lot about law.
As the office manager, I had supervisory rights over Martha. One day she crossed the line again and did some work outside her authority. When I confronted her, she blew—like a 200-pound pressure cooker. Yelling, waving her arms, and the hate in the eyes could have melted my eyeglasses. Fortunately, before she knocked me out in one punch, one of the partners heard the confrontation and got between us. I had failed to stop her anger.
Moses took on God when he threatened to wipe out the people he had just lead out of captivity. To think that his hard work and suffering had been for naught may be what gave him courage to confront God. Because of Moses, God removed his threat and gave the Israelites another chance.
I can’t help but wonder if both Moses and I were being brave, or just plain stupid, to take on such big powers.
Lord, give us courage to stand up to someone before anger turns explosive. Amen.