ERUPTIONS IN ANGER
A quick-tempered man acts foolishly. Proverbs 14:17
Take a glass that is mostly full of water, add a little more, and it will spill over the side. Take a man or woman who is already full of rage, add one small incident, and the anger will spill over. Many who will erupt today over the smallest issue aren’t really reacting to the incident at hand. They were simply filled to the brim with rage before the episode ever occurred. The ‘straw that broke the camel’s back’ got all the attention as there was no more room left in their container for any more anger.
Each of us were created with a lot of elasticity in our spirit to withstand the pressures of life. But for many, that elastic has been stretched to the limit by the events of their youth. With no more ‘give’, it’s pulled taut. It’s brittle and it snaps easily.
What is the answer for a hot-tempered person? He must discern what it is he’s angry about and take the initiative to deal with it. Living in perpetual rage is not fair to friends and family. Children live with an angry parent and never know when the lid is going to blow. It is usually over a gallon of milk left out on the counter or something else equally as insignificant. Husbands live with an angry wife and tiptoe around the house, not knowing what it will be that will set her off.
Underneath the rage is usually a profound sense of powerlessness and injustice. Each of us longs to live in Eden, that place where people could be trusted implicitly. We strain for justice and when it seems out of reach, especially as children, we don’t know what to do with the hurt. Rage is the result of a compilation of offenses. Only God can give perspective and healing.
Bottom line ~ rage hurts the one who harbors it. And, it hurts the ones who live around it. God promises peace, rationality, and the ability to be long-suffering to anyone who is courageous enough to take inventory of his own soul.
Jesus, You have transformed many angry people. Heal Your children. Give them willing hearts to look at the hurt inside. Hold them. Amen