Thought for the Day #164
Proverbs New American Standard Bible
22Do not say, “I will repay evil”; wait for the LORD, and He will save you.
The chosen of God have faced unfair and evil situations since he made covenant with Abraham that his descendants would be the Sons of God.
Certainly life is filled with difficulties for everyone, but the attack against God’s people is beyond the normal problems that everyone faces. Our history is filled with documented attacks against those who dare to live uprightly before God.
We are constantly confronted with unfair accusations and hardships simply because we are His chosen people.
Life isn’t fair! How true! But, we need to be aware that God never said it would be fair. Jesus said; “If the world hates you, know that it hated me before it hated you”. (John 15:18) He goes on to say that they hate me because of the good works that I do. His very presence and his miraculous works convicted them of sin. Those in the world who attack us for our faith and righteous standards are really rebelling against the righteousness of God that they see in us.
We are often tempted to take things into our own hands. We want to return evil for evil. This is not the way of Jesus, our Lord and Redeemer. He says “to love our enemies and pray for those who persecute you” (Matthew .)
This is a hard saying. Our natural instinct is to strike back, to “get even”. We may feel that we are being a “wimp” or “weakling” if we do not immediately repel the offenses thrown at us. This may be true according to the standards of the world, but the Sons of God have a higher calling.
God has a higher standard. He is a just and righteous God and perfect in judgment. He keeps an accurate record of all our deeds, both righteous and unrighteous. He has declared that if we will wait upon him, (have patient faith) he will save those who trust in him.
God uses our suffering in righteousness, to reveal the evil and ungodliness of those who rebel against serving him. We have been given the glorious privilege of suffering with Christ. (Romans 8:17)(1 Peter 2:19-23) (Acts )
Be comforted in knowledge. God keeps good records. He will preserve us in our trials and justify us through righteous judgment upon those who have persecuted us. Their time of judgment is sure to come. We can trust Him to remember our sufferings. Wait for the Lord and he will save us!
Heavenly Father, Please help me to endure the persecutions that may befall me.
Keep me from bitterness and revenge. I trust you to bring your judgment upon
those who abuse me. Use me, like