Our Avenger

Romans 12:19 says, “Beloved, do not avenge yourselves, but rather give place to wrath; for it is written, Vengeance is Mine, I will repay, says the Lord.” This is a great truth that we need to keep in the forefront of our minds.

1 Peter 2:20 says, “For what credit is it if, when you are beaten for your faults, you take it patiently? But when you do good and suffer, if you take it patiently, this is commendable before God.”

Jesus is our example when we suffer for good. Verse 23 says, “Who, when He was reviled, did not revile in return; when He suffered, He did not threaten, but committed Himself to Him who judges righteously.” 

We saw this played out in Isaiah 53:7. It says, “He was oppressed and He was afflicted, yet He opened not His mouth; He was led as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before its shearers is silent, so He opened not His mouth.”

Not only did Jesus not verbally react, there was not even a thought of revenge. He knew He was right, but He didn’t fight for His rights. All our words come from our thoughts. We do well to remember this when we are insulted, treated wrongfully, or slandered. 

Stephen is a great human example for us. Acts 7 is the whole account. Verse 54 says that they gnashed at him with their teeth. Picture it. Their teeth were clamped in utter rage.

How did Stephen respond? Yes, I mean responded and not reacted. They cast him out of the city and stoned him. His last words were in verse 60, “…Lord, do not charge them with this sin. And when he had said this, he fell asleep.”

The key for us is trust. I love Genesis 18:25. This verse anchored me when I faced an impossible unreasonable situation. It says, “…Shall not the Judge of all the earth do right?”

Right now our nation is in a season of unreasonableness. Take comfort through trusting the only One who is in charge. Psalm 2:4 says, “He who sits in the heavens shall laugh; the Lord shall hold them in derision.” Verse 12 ends with, “…Blessed are all those who put their trust in Him.”

Jeremiah 17:5 is a warning for us. It says, “…Cursed is the man who trusts in man and makes flesh his strength, whose heart departs from the Lord.” When we take vengeance into our own hands, we literally depart from God’s way by usurping His place. It is not ours to solve, only to trust and obey what He has called us to do in 2 Chronicles 7:14. Please join me in praying for our nation every night at 7:14.

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