First Family Church provides this teaching resource free of charge. This resource coordinates with the small group lesson, “Man on the Run, Part 3,” which is a part of our teaching series The kings and the King: A Study of 1 Samuel.
Anger: Facing the Fire Within
By June Hunt
The day begins like any other day, but ends like no other, for on this day, he gives full vent to his anger… and, as a result, finds himself running for his life.
He is part of a mistreated minority—grievously persecuted—not for doing something wrong, but for being perceived as a threat. Raised with privilege in the palace of a “king,” he had been spared the heartless treatment inflicted on his kinsmen. But watching the injustice day after day and year after year finally becomes too much for him to bear.
When he sees one of his own people suffering an inhumane beating at the hands of an Egyptian, Moses is filled with rage. He snaps. In an instant, he kills the Egyptian and hides the body in the sand. But his angry, impetuous act is not committed in secret. When news of the murder reaches Pharaoh, Moses fears for his life and flees. (See Exodus chapter 2.)
When you look at the life of Moses, you can see both the power and the problems inherent in anger. Has anger ever clouded your judgment to the point that you reacted rashly… and lived to regret it? Ultimately, you have the choice to act wisely or to react foolishly. In his lifetime, Moses did both. Like him, you too can face the fiery anger within and learn to keep it under control. In doing so, you will demonstrate wisdom because…
“A fool gives full vent to his anger, but a wise man keeps himself under control.” (Proverbs 29:11)
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