Vengeance Is Mine

Vengeance Is Mine

In II Samuel 4:8, we read of two men who killed Ishbosheth (Saul's son) and brought his head to David hoping that David would reward them for it. But David was so angry with them that he commanded that they be killed immediately. David believed that vengeance belonged to God and he would never take vengeance himself or permit anyone else to take it.

This is an important principle that we must remember at all times. God does not need our help to administer justice or to take vengeance. What would you do if somebody fell down at your feet to worship you? You would do what Peter did - lift him up and say, "Don't worship me, worship belongs to God." Just as much as worship belongs to God, vengeance also belongs to God. “Revenge not yourselves, my dearly beloved; but give place unto wrath, for it is written: Revenge is mine, I will repay, saith the Lord.” Romans 12:19 is very clear on this. When we try to take revenge on someone, that's not any different from accepting worship. We have no more right to take revenge than to receive worship. Whatever harm anyone may have done to us, we must leave it to God to deal with him in His own way and in His own time. We must not even desire anything evil for that person.

When we serve the Lord, we will come across other believers who speak evil of us or try to destroy any ministry God has given us. I have discovered that we cannot serve the Lord effectively, without having many people speaking evil of us, spreading false stories about us, accusing us of teaching false doctrine etc. We will then be tempted to take revenge on them. We must resist that temptation firmly. Leave them in God's hands. The Bible says, “There is one lawgiver, and judge, that is able to destroy and to deliver. But who art thou that judgest thy neighbour?” (James 4:12). So we must leave their fate in the hands of that one Judge.

If the Lord has anointed you, no-one can destroy what he has for you to do, because it has come from heaven. Many people accused Jesus and Paul of being false teachers. Jesus was even accused of casting out demons by the power of the prince of devils. But Jesus never wasted His time answering them. The sincere were not led astray by such false accusations either. Only the insincere went astray.

We read in James 2:6 that rich believers “dishonoured the poor believers.” in those days and they “oppressed them by might and they drew them before the judgment seats.” This is unbelievable. But it is happening today too! One has to be both rich and wicked to drag another believer to court. It is amazing how blind believers can be.

If someone has done wrong to you, hasn't God seen that? Isn't He able to deal with that person? If you believe that and you believe in an Almighty God, then leave it to God to deal with him.