Anyone who has children or has been around children can see what unbridled sinful nature looks like. When one toddler has a toy and another toddler takes that toy away, what happens? The first child will either snatch the toy away again or hit the other child. In response, the other child will probably follow suit. Children don’t have to be taught retaliation, they just do it naturally.
In the same way, when people treat us wrong, we tend to feel that it is our place to retaliate. As this Scripture states, we may even become so focused on retaliation that it makes us anxious. We literally worry that if we don’t pay back the wrong someone else paid to us, they’ll never learn their lesson; they’ll never be given the opportunity to feel bad for what they’ve done. Do you know what that kind of anxiety feels like?
Isaiah, also known as the Prince of Prophets, encourages us in this Scripture to take courage and fear not because God is the one who takes vengeance. He is the one who will repay the wrongs that were done to us, and He is the one who will exalt us for maintaining a righteous lifestyle. Our only job is to continue to walk blamelessly and humbly before God.
As much as we may want someone to deal with the consequences of their actions, we probably don’t stop to think that if we take matters into our own hands and repay evil for evil, we disqualify ourselves from being rescued as one of God’s righteous ones and instead set ourselves against God. Do you think God would overlook your sin just because you were getting back at someone? Sin is sin, and regardless of your reason for committing it, you too will have to deal with the consequences.
God is with us; He knows EVERY thing that happens, and He will deal with it all, so take courage!
Dear Father, thank you for providing recompense for me and freeing me from the burden of having to play judge and chief. You are a just God and I trust your leadership in Jesus’ name. Amen.
Further Studies: Romans 12:19