Pastor's Pen: Wanting revenge

I’ve read the verse several times. It’s even been my life verse for quite some time, but today it had extra meaning.

As I looked at 1 Peter 5:6-7 this morning I realized that I needed to do exactly what it was saying. The passage goes like this:

“Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that He may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you.”

As I read through the chapters previous, I realized that Paul was talking to people who were suffering for Christ. He told them earlier, “rejoice that you participate in the sufferings of Christ” and “if you suffer as a Christian, do not be ashamed, but praise God that you bear that name.” These people were going through persecution – jail, torture and death. I wasn’t to that point, but had felt someone had wronged me and other fellow Christians. Perhaps I could handle something against me, but not so much against others. I was mad and wanted revenge.

But then God shows you a passage like this: “Humble yourselves … under God’s mighty hand.” He is telling us to trust God. God knows what is going on. I also recalled Romans 12:19, “‘It is Mine to avenge; I will repay,’ says the Lord.” I am not to seek out revenge, but trust God to handle the situation. I am, “as far as depends on me, to live at peace with everyone.”

In fact, Peter says earlier in his book, “So then, those who suffer according to God’s will should commit themselves to their faithful Creator and continue to do good.” Those last five words hit me … “and continue to do good.” If I completely trust God … and if I believe everything I do is for His glory and honor … and if I believe that He is my Father who cares for me … and if I believe that He is an all-powerful God who will watch over me … then I need not worry or be angry or seek revenge. I am to do quite the opposite. I am to do good, even to the one who may have wronged me.

God can and will handle any wrong against me. It may not be in my time, but in His. It may not be my way, but His. However, I can trust Him. I just need to do what He has asked me to do – “Humble myself … and do good.”

“To our God and Father be glory forever and ever. Amen.” (Philippians 4:20)