Is Anger Helping You?
Posted: Monday, March 13
Verse of the day:
“Listen, you rebels!” he shouted. “Must we bring you water from this rock?” Then Moses raised his hand and struck the rock twice with the staff, and water gushed out. (Numbers 20:10-11)
One aspect of the Bible that sets it apart from other historical books is its willingness to share the failings of its heroes. Even Moses, the greatest of the Old Testament prophets and a dynamic leader does not have his shortcomings omitted. His life was greatly used by God and he saw miracle after miracle in the freeing of the Hebrew people. Yet this moment of frustration and anger will have implications for the rest of his life.
Moses finds himself in yet another leadership challenge; the people are in a dry region without water. The people had seen God provide water in the past so there should have been faith for God to provide again; instead the grumbling commenced. God asks Moses to speak to the rock to bring forth water but out of exasperation Moses hits the rock instead. God was faithful and brought forth water even through this disobedience.
There are lots of lessons from this story but I would like to focus on the aspect of anger. Here’s a few questions to get us thinking…
Has anger ever helped you make a better decision?
Has anger ever helped you resolve a conflict?
Has anger ever helped you love someone more deeply?
Has anger ever helped your testimony?
Has anger ever helped produce the righteousness of God in you?
If your story is similar to mine, you would have to answer each question with a resounding ‘no’.
Moses was a deeply patient leader and yet in a flash of anger he makes a decision that would prevent him from entering the Promised Land.
James 1:19-20 provides timeless wisdom on this matter…
Understand this, my dear brothers and sisters: You must all be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to get angry. 20 Human anger does not produce the righteousness God desires.