“I will take vengeance on Edom by the hand of my people Israel, and they will deal with Edom in accordance with my anger and my wrath; they will know my vengeance, declares the Sovereign Lord.” Ezekiel 25:14.
I must not leave God out of the workings of my life.
Someone bothers me. How do I react? I put myself in charge of making things right.
Note today’s verse. God is going to take care of punishment and He is going to use people to get the punishing done.
Israel is not in charge of punishing every wrong. God is in charge and He is using them against the Edomites.
God can punish people directly and indirectly. This is an indirect example.
Note Who is in charge. I’m not!
I am not in the punishment “business.” Yet, in my life I am constantly “punishing” others. I am too willing to exact a price on someone who does something I don’t like.
Why can’t I trust God to run the punishment department? Think of the advantages He has in dealing with problems! He knows what’s going and He knows the appropriate punishment. I’m not exactly clear on either of those. Yet I plunge into it!
Today’s verse led me into meditating on patience. I must be patient with others. Why? A Godly person must display His Traits and He forgave my sins.
Why do I get so riled up by little things? Forgiving someone is often an instant choice. Something is said or done, and I am in the reacting position. Satan is still trying to advise me, and his voice gets louder and clearer when I am out of tune with God.
My walk with God must be ceaseless. I must be close enough to realize that He’s in on everything going on with me. Something happens, and I can look to Him before I respond.
A right relationship to God is the bottom line.
Conclusion: I must allow God to handle punishing others. I must be as patient with others as He is with me.