THE HOT HEAD
When I was a lad, people had a name for those who
grew angry very quickly. The term was “hot head”. Nobody
liked to be called that. It is not wrong to get angry; it’s a part
of our human makeup. How we react to our anger is what
makes it right or wrong.
I remember when my Dad would be driving his car
and someone would do something that made him mad; he
would yell out the window at them. I felt like crawling under
the car seat. One day Dad got angry and almost got into a fist
fight with the repairman at the auto shop. Dad would often let
his anger draw him down into a whirlpool of wrong thoughts
Today when someone is out of control on the
highway we call it “road rage”. If an employee lets his anger
go wild at his job we call it “going postal”. These are just
new names for a old problem.
In the Bible, we read of a great man named David.
David, along with a band of his men, was hiding from his
enemy, King Saul, who was trying to kill him. David and his
men were camped near a rich farmer’s land. They were kind
to the farmer’s servants and protected his farm, but they
were in need of food. David sent some of his men to the
farmer to ask him for something to eat.
The farmer railed at David’s men, called David a
run -away slave, and was just plain nasty to them. When
David’s men came back and told him what the farmer had
said, David told them to strap on their swords. His intent was
to kill that farmer and all his workers.
One of the farmer’s servants went and told the
farmer’s wife what had happened. Quickly, she gathered
food and went to David. She bowed to David and talked very
humbly and kindly to him, giving him opportunity to cool off.
She spoke to him about how he would be sorry later if he
acted foolishly now by killing innocent men.
David realized she was right; he thanked her for
keeping him from doing wrong. It was good that David had
someone to keep him from being drawn into the whirlpool of
How can we keep from being drawn into wrong
thoughts and actions by our anger? Remember to not do or
say anything when you are angry; wait until you calm down.
Count to 500, by that time you will be able to think more
clearly. If you do or say anything when you are angry, it will
probably be something you will be sorry for later.
We read of a very powerful king in the Bible who
made a huge idol of gold. He assembled all his people
before the idol and commanded that at the sound of the
music, everyone must bow before it. If anyone did not bow
down, he would be thrown into a furnace and burnt up.
As the music played, everyone bowed down.
Everyone, that is, but three Hebrew men, who did not. The
king said that he would give them a second chance to bow,
but they said, “We will not serve your gods, nor worship the
The king was so very angry that he told his servants
to heat the furnace seven times hotter than it had ever been.
He commanded his very best soldiers to tie the Hebrews up
and throw them into the fire. The fire was so hot that the
soldiers were burnt up when they threw the three men into
Some innocent men lost their lives just because
the king let his anger control him. (The three Hebrews,
however, were miraculously spared by the hand of God.)
Notice the advice that the Bible gives us. It is so
simple, yet it works:
Ephesians 4:26 Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go
down upon your wrath:
Proverbs 16:32 He that is slow to anger is better than the
mighty; and he that ruleth his spirit than he that taketh a city.
DON’T LET ANGER DRAW YOU DOWN INTO A WHIRLPOOL
OF FOOLISH THOUGHT OR ACTION. WHEN ANGRY, WAIT
UNTIL YOU COOL DOWN; ONLY THEN SPEAK OR ACT.
Ref. 1 Samuel 25:2-34
By H. Witmyer