I don’t get bitter, I get even. It sounds tough, but it is really a bad practice. Romans 12:19 says, “Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord.” Unfortunately, many have made this their life verse by placing the emphasis on the wrong words in the verse and changing the punctuation. Those with a get even spirit say, “Vengeance is MINE; I will repay.”
Vengeance and getting even for mankind is born out of bitterness. So might say otherwise, but the evidence is clear. When you are wronged, the natural desire is to make it right… or at least what you view as right.
My son Nate has a tendency to see the world through this lens. When one of his siblings does him “wrong”, he feels it is his right and obligation to make it right. He must see that justice is served, and punishment is administered to the one who did him wrong.
We feel a sense of control and comfort when we can lash out and hurt those who have hurt us. Getting even can make us feel “better” temporarily about the wrong that was committed against us. In the long run, it only makes us feel worse and never resolves the conflict.
Humans never are equitable with their vengeance, but always take it to the next level. The mantra of vengeance is, “you hurt me a little, I must hurt you a lot”. Our equity always requires more done to the offender than what was done to the offended.
God always executes judgment, but it is not always in our time. The law of sowing and reaping still applies, and we would do well to remember it. Dave Hardy said, “God keeps good books.”
Years after the offense against Naboth, judgment has finally come to the house of Ahab. His entire family is being massacred by Jehu by the commandment of the Lord. The imagery present in this story is amazing. We are brought back to the great wickedness done against Naboth as they meet in his vineyard. Jezebel is killed in a very gruesome way, and tone to bits by dogs. The judgment was swift and harsh.
One of the problems with Nate taking judgment into his own hands, is that it somewhat limits what I can do as a parent. It is hard to give Andrew or Brooklyn a spanking for something they did wrong when Nate already slugged them for it. Taking justice into his own hands, limits the judgment the equitable parent is able to administer.
So too, when we take matters into our own hands, we limit God’s ability to execute judgment in His timing and His way. Believe the Scriptures when they say, “Vengeance is mine, I will repay, saith the Lord.” He is capable and able to set things right in His way and His timing.
Don’t believe justice and judgment are up to you. Let God be God, and let Him set the ledger right… remember He keeps GOOD books.
Daily Scripture Reading
2 Kings 8 - 9
2 Kings 9:6
And he arose, and went into the house; and he poured the oil on his head, and said unto him, Thus saith the LORD God of Israel, I have anointed thee king over the people of the LORD, even over Israel.