Anger is a natural human emotion. We all have things that upset us. I used to intentionally bite my spoon when eating cereal for breakfast just to mess with my eldest brother. I knew it would drive him nuts. We all have different buttons that can be pushed that will upset us. It’s what we do when someone pushes our buttons that matter. He may have threatened to squash me like a bug, but my big brother never did. When someone wrongs us, or brings harm to our loved ones, anger is a natural emotion. But what do we do with that anger? How do we handle our fears? The Psalmist has some good advice. Rest with God. Don’t react. Act in faith. Let God lead you and guide you through it.
Psalm 4:4-5 (NRSV)
4 When you are disturbed (or angry/afraid), do not sin;
ponder it on your beds, and be silent.
5 Offer right sacrifices,
and put your trust in the Lord.
I’ll admit, that’s easier said than done, simple but difficult. I’m probably not the best example of this. My wife and I rest and pray with all of our major decisions. Maybe you and I could learn to do that with our anger too.
Questions: What makes you angry? Who makes you angry? What triggers anger in you? How do you deal with anger?
Prayer: Lord, I get angry. Help me to trust in you. Help me to keep my emotions in check and act of love and trust in you. Lead me and guide me. Amen.