What Good is it to be Angry?

In Jonah 4:4-9, God asks Jonah two different times, “Do you have any right to be angry?” More literally, the
Hebrew is “What good is it doing to be angry?” The first time it is about God sparing the city. The second time
it is about the death of a plant that God grew to spare Jonah from the heat. In both cases they were something
outside Jonah’s control. He didn’t grow the vine. He didn’t spare the city. But he was still angry because of
what God chose to do.

What are you angry about today? Is it doing any good to be angry? I find that I tend to be angry the most at
exactly the things I have least control over. I dropped a plate and am angry about having to clean it up. My
computer is having some tech issue and I can’t figure out how to fix it. Something happens in the news that I
have absolutely no control over. And I get angry. But my anger isn’t doing anything except hurting myself.
Anger has been linked to “obesity, low self-esteem, migraines, drug and alcohol addiction, depression,
increased heart attack risk, lower-quality relationships, higher blood pressure and strokes,” (USNews.com). In
other words, your anger isn’t doing any good.
 
Why not release your anger and trust that God is in control?