On this day in 1962 Marvel Comics first exposed scientist Bruce Banner to Gamma radiation as he rescued a young man from an experimental bomb blast. This exposure would famously transform him into the Hulk, a raging creature of incredible strength, feared and misunderstood by the world around him.
The Grey Goliath (later changed to his now familiar green due to difficulties in the coloring and printing process) has been featured in comic books and magazines, cartoons, and his own live action TV series (which spawned 3 made-for-TV movies.) In 2003 Eric Bana’s big screen Hulk adaptation was largely panned by audiences and critics, ultimately being re-booted and rolled in to the Marvel Cinematic Universe with 2008’s The Incredible Hulk starring Edward Norton (reprised by Mark Ruffalo in the Avengers films and the upcoming Thor Ragnarok)
While it’s fun to watch Dr Banner transform and for Hulk to.. well… smash, anger is something believers in Christ are told we must keep well under control.
Ecclesiastes 7:9 Be not quick in your spirit to become angry, for anger lodges in the bosom of fools.
Proverbs 29:11 A fool gives full vent to his spirit, but a wise man quietly holds it back.
James 1:20 For the anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God.
When you find yourself feeling anger’s burn, whether someone has done you wrong, circumstances aren’t to your liking or just because you’re having a bad day, take a moment to pray. That’s ALWAYS the first move. Then stop to think of how your anger might negatively affect the situation, and consider how patience, kindness and grace would be far better friends, then put that answer away. The Bible tell us in Ephesians not to sin in our anger or let the sun go down on our anger, because anger does more damage the longer it camps. That’s not easy to do because anger robs us of our clarity, so it is wise to get ahead of the problem and make an everyday habit of living in kindness and grace. Lastly, when you’re fired up, refocus… remember the truest thing and give God praise. Our anxiety, embarrassment and anger usually come when we get our eyes off of Him and onto us anyway.
Philippians 4:4-6 Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice. Let your reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand; do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.
So be sure to wish a happy birthday to the Hulk today! You wouldn’t want to make him angry…