Releasing the Right to Revenge

Don’t say, “I will get even for this wrong.” Wait for the Lord to handle the matter. – (Proverbs 20:22, NLT) 

Don’t ever say, “I’ll pay them back for what they did to me!” Wait for the Lord. He will make things right. – (Proverbs 20:22, ERV) 

Don’t ever say, “I’ll get you for that!” Wait for God; He’ll settle the score. – (Proverbs 20:22, MSG) 

 

For many, this is a difficult road to walk. Our natural inclination is to give back whatever we are given. When extended kindness, it is easy to return. However, when someone wrongs us or intentionally brings harm, it is almost without conscious thought, that our minds go to returning the hurt. With Christ in us, there is a filter to know that we are not meant to lash out in anger, nor return harm for hurt against us, yet it is a process that requires a decision to place the hurt or harm in His hands, and trust Him to handle the matter. Our part is to forgive and move forward. Forgiveness does not mean foolishly nor blindly forgetting and setting ourselves in a vulnerable or unsafe space, but it does mean letting go of our desire to lash out or get even and allow God (and if necessary, the law) to deal with the wrong-doer. May we release our perceived right for revenge, and give our offenses to God. Let us trust our hearts in His hands, as He knows best how to handle these hurdles. 

 

Speak not of revenge, Shackles No More

For it’s not our role; 

To repay all wrongs, 

Must not be our goal. 

Instead let us wait, 

Place all in God’s hands; 

He will make things right, 

He hears, understands. 

Often His answers, 

Open our blind eyes; 

We grow in His grace, 

As love’s realized. 

 

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that it is not our job to get even for the harm that is done against us, but rather You ask us to place it in Your hands. Thank You that we can trust You, as You are good and just, and You love us more than we can comprehend. Forgive us for seeking to “get even” when we feel we have been wronged. Teach us to trust You more, so that we would place our perceived harms in Your hands, and allow You to handle whatever has hurt our hearts. Grant us wisdom to know how to seek help if help is required, and give us strength to forgive when forgiveness is far from what is desired. Show us how to love well those who have been wronged, so that they may find Your grace and forgiveness, leaving the need for retribution in Your hands. May many come into a lasting relationship with You. Be glorified O God, as we give our hurts to You, and allow You to handle making things right when we have been wronged. Amen.

© Shannon Elizabeth Moreno and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present

The joy of the Lord is your strength. – Nehemiah 8:10

Strength to Stay the Course

It is God who arms me with strength and makes my way perfect. – (2 Samuel 22:33)

 

When we seek the Lord, He not only is our Strong Fortress, but He grants us the strength that we need. The second half of the verse, “and makes my way perfect“, had me hung up for a few moments. As I dug a bit deeper and read several different translations of the Bible for the same verse, I gained a clearer picture of what David was actually saying. In the ERV, it says “He clears the path I need to take.” In TLB it states “He has made me safe.” Lastly, in The Voice, He “puts the upright on His way.” The “perfect” is the path that the Lord has for us. His plans, not our own. Though we may not see the obstacles and hurdles that we have to overcome as anything near perfect, they are often allowed as part of His perfect plan to grow us and refine us to become a clearer reflection of Him. He keeps us safe and arms us with His strength as He leads us on His way. May we trust in Him who equips us with what we need, and shows us which way we are meant to go.

 

The Lord is our strength,I Will Go

those in Him, He’ll arm;

He’ll show us His path,

and keep us from harm.

He calls us upright,

and leads us along;

when we seek His face,

the Lord makes us strong.

So trust in the Lord,

and seek Him alone;

His path will be clear,

and strength shall be shown.

 

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that You are our strong fortress, and that You show us the path that we are meant to take. Thank You that You do not merely show us where to go, but You lead us, equip us, strengthen and protect us, every step of the way. Thank You that You are our strength and our power, and all that we need to walk in Your way. Forgive us for fearing the rough road before us, and teach us to trust in You, our strength and our safety. Lead us to walk boldly wherever You call us to go, and help us to love others with the same fearlessness. May many find faith in You as we walk in obedience to where You call us. Be glorified O God, as we trust You to arm us with strength and may our way be made perfect in You. Amen.

© Shannon Elizabeth Moreno and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present.

Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy. – Hebrews 4:16