Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Leave It to God

Never take your own revenge, beloved, but leave room for the wrath of God, for it is written, "Vengeance is mine, I will repay," says the Lord.

Romans 12:19

This classified ad actually appeared in a San Francisco area newspaper:

For sale: 1984 Mercedes, 240 SL. Loaded. First $50 takes it. 868-5737.

Not believing his eyes, a man called the number to see if the "$50" was a misprint. A woman assured him it wasn't. So the man rushed to her home and gave her $50 in cash. As she handed him the title to the luxurious automobile he asked the obvious question:

"Why are you selling a Mercedes for $50?"

"Well," she explained, "my husband just phoned me from Las Vegas. He's there with his secretary, and he said he's leaving me. He went broke gambling, and he asked me to sell the Mercedes and send him half of what I get for it."

This woman got what she thought was "sweet revenge." Unfortunately, it's a pattern of behavior that often creeps into families that aren't breaking up, as well as those struck by the tragedy of divorce. We justify getting back at people when they take advantage of us. Accounts need to be "evened up."

Why does the Bible challenge such thinking and behavior? Why are we to leave vengeance to God?

Because He, not us, is the source of right and wrong. When your mate hurts you, it ultimately wounds God more than you.

Furthermore, God is the One who can dispense forgiving grace to you when you hurt your mate.

To take on the right of getting back at others is basically a sign of pride. The apostle Paul's counsel, "Bless those who persecute you"

(Rom. 12:14) is followed closely by the command,

"Do not be proud" (v. 16, NIV). We dare not clutch for ourselves that which belongs to God.

Punishment belongs to Him.

Marriages work better when we leave such lofty matters to GOD.


  1. We put our faith and belive in god. He always work in myterious way be in the right or wrong path we take.

    Revenge is always sweet for just that moment, but what we had laid before in our path is much more sweeter when we look at it. Some had gone thorugh worst but still standing strong.

    Psalm 73:26
    My flesh and my heart may fail,
    but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.

  2. Love this post. Hope you don't mind if I link it to my blog

  3. Daph, U be strong. Remain strong and follow yr intuition. Life is certainly no ned of roses. Wish you a blessed X'mas....Pray and ponder on them strong....reflect and hope u will sonn find the answer. Bless u.

  4. I don't follow any celebrity news and no fan of entertainment either.

    But your posts emanate as those of a human being, not a public figure.

    As I learn to live with my own loss, and understand the root was that we no longer communicate, knowing that we are all human becomes so cathartic. I would need to learn to be as strong as you are. For I need one last ounce of all I got before accepting that this is all part of a greater plan which I've yet to comprehend.

  5. Hi Daphne, I like this post very much and truly believe that there are certain things we just need to leave it to God. We just have to remain strong. It is okay to fall, but remember to slowly get up and move on. Do not get stuck with the past.