Read: Proverbs 20
Verse: 22 (NLT)
"Don’t say, “I will get even for this wrong. Wait for the Lord to handle the matter."
During this series, we've learned about how to obtain wisdom and why it's important. Today's verse instructs us to allow the Lord room to work in a situation. At times, it would seem to easier and quicker to take matters into our hands and make someone pay for the wrong they have done to us or our loved ones. The "mama bear" wants to come out with fangs and claws and correct the offense.
When we want revenge, we are saying to God that we know more than He does. However, we cannot see the end from the beginning. We do not know what all the other person has been through or where God wants him/her to be. Deuteronomy 32:25 says, "I will take revenge; I will pay them back. In due time their feet will slip. Their day of disaster will arrive, and their destiny will overtake them." (NLT)
Another point to realize that the issue of revenge or vengeance is really not about the person, but is a battle with the enemy. I recently read this post on Facebook by Graham Cooke, "The Lord will not only deliver you from what the enemy has done in your life, but He then gives you an anointing in the very same area where you used to be a victim and He turns that into a ministry and that is your vengeance on the enemy. Your vengeance is to set people free from the very thing that he once victimized you with. There is no favor without vengeance. You are supposed to be getting payback. We need to make the enemy pay for everything he’s ever done!" From THE FAVOR SERIES
The Amplified version expresses the promise so beautifully, "...Wait [expectantly] for the Lord, and He will rescue and save you." We don't have to get even, God will rescue AND save you and turn it into a ministry to others!
Let Him be in control. I promise it always turns out better for you and others will be blessed.
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