“Do not say, ‘I’ll pay you back for this wrong!’ Wait for the Lord, and he will avenge you.” Proverbs 20:22.
Verse chosen from today’s Bible reading: Proverbs 19-21, and Romans 13.
How do you handle being wronged?
We are all wronged. Some more than others.
What do we do about it after it happens?
For the believer, how to react to wrongs is spelled out: Let the Lord take care of it.
That’s a hard call for us. We want to be the avenger. We know how to get these people back, or so we think.
But God wants to avenge them in His Way instead. Can we trust Him to let them have it?
He knows best and we don’t always know why things happen. God can use people who aren’t even believers to get His Way. Think of the resistant Pharaoh. There was no way that he was a Godly person but God used Him to get the Israelites out of Egypt.
I must be tied tight to God. His influence in my life must be so considerable that whatever happens to me will get the response of someone who is Godly. Too often I have responded badly to those who have mistreated me. Too often I have held a grudge.
My most recent confrontational situation, which I’ve described before, convinces me that letting go of affronts, by turning them to God’s care, works best. My troubling situation was somehow (I still don’t know how.) evaporated and my part was to do nothing (?) but turn everything over to God and watch what He would do.
“Lord, You know best. I cling to You. I beg that You would guide me this day. That You would keep me from evil. That Your Love would continue to be poured on me. I deserve nothing from You but daily I am aware of Your Love for me in action. How blessed I am! Thank You, Father.”
Lord, You indeed know best. I commit my life to You.