Danger: Explosives (Proverbs 19:1)

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A man from Michigan had an idea for removing a tree stump form the yard of a friend. He decided to use some dynamite he had stored away in his house. It did the trick. The explosion turned stump into an airborne missile that traveled 163 feet downrange before crashing through a neighbor’s roof. The stump opened a 3-foot hole in the roof, split the rafters, and pushed through the ceiling of the dining room.

If we are honest, we can see ourselves in the actions of the dynamite user. We have used explosive words and actions to try to solve problems, which only made things worse. We get action, but we leave much damage in our wake.

We are not the first to let anger make trouble for us. It happened to people in the Bible too. Moses, for instance, became extremely frustrated with his murmuring followers (Numbers 20:10). So, instead of speaking to the rock to get water, as the Lord had instructed him, he angrily struck it twice (v. 11). He did get water from the rock, but there was a problem – Moses had disobeyed God. Because of this, God told him he could not enter the Promised Land (v. 12).

Anger, like dynamite, is explosive. Unless it is handled with wisdom and self-control, it can do great damage. – Martin R. De Haan II

Angry words take just one moment
And bring forth a flood of tears,
But the wounds they have created
Linger on for months and years. – Stairs

When a person’s temper gets the best of him, it reveals the worst of him.
– August 2, Vol. 7, Our Daily Bread