Who can forget the trouble Wylie Coyote got into as he pursued the infamous Road Runner. It all began with a stick of dynamite and a short fuse. The same was true for dear, sweet Elmer Fudd. He also was known to run to Acme’s arsenal for ammunition to blow up Bugs Bunny’s rabbit hole. In both cases, the short fuse backfired and often blew up one of the instigators in the process, but never fear. They always reappeared in the next scene – fully restored and back to their nefarious tricks.
Anytime we succumb to anger, we’re in fact lighting a very short fuse. Without thinking, we say and do things that we ordinarily wouldn’t say or do. The insidious emotion of anger has a way of doing that to even the most sane among us. Sometimes we don’t even need to be motivated by anger. A wrong word – an empty phrase – a thoughtless act can have the same result. Anger, in my opinion, is usually associated with a bomb exploding. There’s no thought process, just action. Once the fuse is lit, the action has been set in motion and if the fuse is short, it will explode before we have the chance to snuff it out.
In the world today, we’re seeing more and more short fuses. Part of that conundrum is caused by misunderstanding. Some is because of the not thinking before doing part. Sometimes we simply are letting off steam and someone gets in the way. With all the madness of the world, we are inundated with negativity and the fuse simply gets shorter and shorter. Therefore, before we even light the fuse, we all need to take a trip to the only arsenal that will deliver us from evil action. That source is the Word of God and it never fails to eliminate the negative things we face each day.
- Proverbs 14:29 “Whoever is slow to anger has great understanding, but he who has a hasty temper exalts folly.’
- Ephesians 4:26-27 “Be angry and do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger and give no opportunity to the devil.”
- James 1:26 “ If anyone thinks he is religious and does not bridle his tongue but deceives his heart, this person’s religion is worthless.”
- Romans 12:2 “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.
Let’s put Acme’s Arsenal out of business. The short fuse is useless against the Word of God.