Some of you may remember the Hulk TV series, that started with the flashing word “anger”. As the camera pulls back the word is shown to be the word “danger” and is the warning light on the Gamma Ray machine. It also featured the memorable quote from Dr. Banner – “don’t make me angry – you wouldn’t like me when I’m angry”…
The episode introduction would then end with the quest that Banner finds himself on – “finding a way to control the raging spirit that dwells within him”. I guess I am showing some of my age but I enjoyed this show as a kid. However in the show is a powerful message that we are all like Dr. Banner, with a monster within us that can be unleashed when we too are angry or under stress. Driving 5 miles in 30 minutes knowing you have to go nearly 20 miles to make your class on time and you are likely to be late because you gave yourself only an hour to get there is certainly a time when we can start to show our inner Hulk.
However Solomon reminds us that:
Whoever is slow to anger has great understanding,but he who has a hasty temper exalts folly. (Prov 14:29)
Whoever is slow to anger is better than the mighty,and he who rules his spirit than he who takes a city. (Prov 16:32)
Be not quick in your spirit to become angry, for anger lodges in the bosom of fools. (Eccles 7:9)
Examining Jonah we can learn a lot about anger and when we are angry we can learn a lot about ourselves. Continue reading