"The LORD judge between me and you, and the LORD avenge me of you: but my hand shall not be upon you” - I Samuel 24:12
It is tempting to not take matters into our hands to repay those we feel deserve it. But as hard as it may be to refrain from taking matters into our hands, we should not takeover God’s authority and interfere with what rightly belongs to Him.
When David was wronged by Saul on many occasions, he could have taken revenge. Even when he was faced with the perfect opportunity to take revenge, he refused. Instead, he gave up the compulsion for premeditated vengeance and trusted God to handle the matter.
God does not need our help to make sure offenders get what they deserve. Just as an appointed time is set by a judge in the secular world for a criminal to appear before him in court and answer charges brought against him, God has an appointed time for justice and judgment to be administered against offenders.
This may not be good enough for you, nor does it feel comforting to know that an offender is not immediately brought to answer the wrong done against you. But I assure you, when God handles your offenders, it will not only be at the right time, it will be done as God sees fit.
I encourage you – do not take matters into your own hands. Let the Eternal and Righteous Judge in Heaven handle the matter for you. Wait patiently and quietly for the Lord to handle your offenders. In due time and in His own way, offenders will pay for what they have done.
By Gale Henderson. All rights reserved.
Unless otherwise indicated, all scripture passages quoted are taken from the King James Version of the Bible.