1 Samuel 24:12 (KJV) 12The Lord judge between me and thee, and the Lord avenge me of thee: but mine hand shall not be upon thee.
We can trust God’s justice; justice will be served, either here or in eternity. Vengeance on our part is non-negotiable; vengeance belongs to the Lord; it’s never ours to exact. To not see justice right away doesn’t mean it won’t happen. True, even our very own justice system—even those who do their best, even those who really approach it without biases—make mistakes. God’s justice makes sense of His call for us to love our enemies and be good to those who wrong us.
We’ve heard it repeatedly: “Life’s unfair.” There’s truth in that statement, if this is all there is in life, if there’s no existence beyond earth, if there’s no Sovereign Ruler Who will judge everyone someday. Sometimes we see His justice executed right away with our very own eyes; sometimes, He seems so quiet. But we rest assured in the fact that it’s not over until He says it’s over, until He gives His last Word.
We don’t want to personally avenge ourselves and hurt people; that’s not a prerogative left to us, and understandably so. Why? It’s because most often, we don’t really aim for justice, we want to do worst. Besides, we don’t know all the factors at play. We don’t really know the entire motivation, the details of the situation, weight of the temptations and provocations. God alone can be trusted of perfect justice. For now, we act and react the way He tells us to: with love and mercy. With those, we can never go wrong.
Exodus 14:4 (KJV) 4And I will harden Pharaoh’s heart, that he shall follow after them; and I will be honoured upon Pharaoh, and upon all his host; that the Egyptians may know that I am the Lord. And they did so.
A continuing and increasing indifference, hostility, or attacks against us can be God’s way of showing His glory in a more emphatic or obvious way. The unjust treatments we experience always turn out for the good. That’s a promise that puts all our experiences in the proper light. All things work together for the good of those who love Him—we who are the called according to His purpose; they all work together for His glory, and for its greater display.
This may sound easier said than believed or acted on, but it does us very well when we do. There may come situations when it seems like we’re pushed farther in a tight corner, or between a rock and a hard place, or between a sea and an invading army. Our predicament may look confusing; we may feel like we don’t have a way of escape. But we understand that it’s in those moments when we see the miraculous powerful hands of the Lord scoop us into safety.
Not all situations are the same; some are harder than the other. In the natural, there may be no possible way for us to win the battle or to even escape alive—to survive. Others who find themselves in the same situation as ours murmur, complain, or compromise. But God fights on the side of those who are on His side. And it’s in our deliverance from our most horrible predicaments that others recognize God’s wondrous intervention. In our worst experiences, we find joy and comfort in knowing that a greater revelation of our God’s greatness and goodness is about to unfold, and we get to know Him even more.
1 Peter 2:19 (KJV) 19 For this is thankworthy, if a man for conscience toward God endure grief, suffering wrongfully.
There are people who are good to us and there are those who aren’t; we are good to everyone. There are times when people are good to us; there are times when they’re not; we are good to them always. God’s pleasure is our pleasure; and it’s His pleasure for us to be good and do good no matter how others treat us. We suffer from unjust or wrongful treatment; we patiently endure. Our minds are set on Him and His pleasure. It’s good to be liked; we want people to see our good works so they can see God’s work in us. But not everyone looks; not everyone sees; there are those who are blinded by pride and their predispositions; they don’t notice reality even when it’s right in front of them as clear as broad daylight. There really is wisdom in living for God’s pleasure.
God’s expectations are clear and unchanging; men’s expectations are often vague. And even if they’re clear; they often change. And if they don’t, many are often unpredictable and woefully undependable. We can be conducting ourselves extremely nicely to them, but they can simply misread our actions, or listen to others who don’t like us. Sadly, there are very gullible people. That’s why it’s useless to make man’s pleasure our main focus and goal. What’s best is focusing our eyes on God, our intimacy with and obedience to Him, and the needed glory to glory changes. There’s no higher purpose than God; there’s no better way to live than being godly, good, and right; there’s no more rewarding journey than the journey towards Christlikeness.
We may be surrounded by very ungodly or God-hating people; we just keep on being godly and God-loving. We may be living in a world of evil, deceit, hypocrisy, hatred, and curses; we just keep walking in goodness, honesty, genuineness, love, and blessings. It’s not easy, but we’re determined. We know it’s doable. We just follow the footsteps of our precious Lord Jesus; He’s been there. Speaking of suffering for doing good; He’s the perfect example: He suffered from the very ones He was saving. He knew it was His Father’s will to go through the cross, and He went all the way despite the very unfair, brutal, and evil treatment from His very own.