Detox: Week 4 - Day 1
Lord – I know you are sovereign, and you have the big picture, but sometimes I feel angry and question the injustice and unfairness I see and experience in this world. Help me trust you and submit my questions and feelings to you. Open my mind and heart to a viewpoint higher and wider than my own. Amen.
READ: Jonah 3:10-4:1
“When God saw what they did and how they turned from their evil ways, he had compassion and did not bring upon them the destruction he had threatened. But Jonah was greatly displeased and became angry.”
Much is known about the physical impact of long term and uncontrolled anger on the human body. Anger triggers the fight or flight response and the adrenal glands flood the body with the stress hormones adrenaline and cortisol. There is increased blood flow to the muscles to prepare for physical exertion. A wide range of health problems from headaches to skin problems, heart attack to stroke can result. But anger can also have a significant impact on our spiritual life.
In the early verses of God’s word, we see anger played out as brother murders brother in the story of Cain and Abel. Cain is furious when God rejects his offering but accepts his brother’s. God counsels him that he can still bring an acceptable offering but rather than correct his own actions, Cain turns his anger on his brother.
At the memorial service for George H. W. Bush, his long-time friend, Alan Simpson, shared a quote, “Hatred corrodes the container that carries it.” The same can be said for anger. For both physical and spiritual health, Christ followers are wise to quickly seek help from the Lord and Godly counsel instead of allowing anger to remain in their hearts.
God, help me turn quickly from anger and seek resolution rather than let it linger causing harm to both body and soul. Amen.