There are times, either during my devotion and praise and worship or doing nothing important at all, when the Holy Spirit drops a word into my spirit. One of those times I heard, “forgiveness is the antidote to revenge“. I wrote the sentence down and started researching its meaning because I wanted to make sure that I understood the knowledge I’d received. I’ve been able to write several articles because of that one word.
Today, I would like to share what I learned about revenge. The dictionary defines antidote as: /ˈan(t)iˌdōt/ 1. a medicine taken or given to counteract a particular poison. When I read this, I thought wow! If forgiveness is the medicine that counteracts revenge, then revenge is poison to humans!
Jehovah God knows His creation, inside out. It is for this reason that He took ownership of vengeance. Deuteronomy 32:35 says, “Vengeance and payback are mine for the time when their foot slips; for the day of their calamity is coming soon, their doom is rushing upon them.” Christian Standard Bible (CSB)
What very few people know and understand is that the act of vengeance breaks something in humans. Elohim CANNOT be broken so, every time you are tempted to “pay back” or “even the scale” because of a wrong done to you, remember: vengeance belongs to Jehovah God. It is His property. He reemphasizes this truth over and over in the Bible. (Romans 12:19, Hebrews 10:30, I Peter 2:13, etc.)
Now, some may say, I cannot wait for God to avenge me because He’s too busy with other important things. Usually, this thought is seated on a warped or ignorant view of Jehovah Roi (The God who sees me). Let me say this, first, God is perfect and everything He does is perfect…including vengeance. Second, search the volumes of history and you’ll find proof of how perfect the vengeance of Jehovah God is. Search the Holy Bible and you’ll find situations after situations where Jehovah stepped in to right a wrong done to one person, one family, one nation, and one race.
Let’s call Rachel to the stand and have her testify about her marriage to a man who loved her sister. Let her tell us how God saw the injustice against her and give her a supernatural ability to fulfill the requirement of womanhood (in her time); the fruit of the womb. God saw that she was unloved and gave her validation and affirmation over and over again as each of her children were born.
You’ve heard about Joseph, right? Can you see him walking the halls of the palace as the second ruler of Egypt? Can you see him acknowledging the bows and reverence of his subjects, and remembering his time in the pit? I’m sure there were times, as he basked in the honor and privilege of his new position, when he remembered his slavery to Potiphar, the sexual harassment from Potiphar’s wife, and his false imprisonment. But, Jehovah God was working through each and every injustice and every wrong was made right in an amazing way.
I cannot end without us hearing from David. You know David, the boy who would be king. Most people do not realize that the boy had to grow up hearing his name associated with that horrible term meaning “born out of wedlock“. Psalms 51:5 says “Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity, And in sin my mother conceived me.” His father and brothers thought very little of him. His king hated him to scorn and hunted him for years, trying to kill him. But…but Jehovah God knew him and called him “the man after my own heart”. What an awesome character reference!
Yes, David can boasts about God’s right to vengeance. So much so that, when David was given the choice between judgement from man or God (one of the times he’d sinned against Jehovah God) King David choose God’s punishment. David choose God’s vengeance against his own self because he understood that God is perfect…even in vengeance. And he was right: God tempered His vengeance and His justice with mercy and love for King David and for His people when David pray and pleaded. (II Samuel 24:11-14.)
You’ve probably realized by now, as I did, that Jehovah God’s vengeance does not look like ours. His vengeance can include retribution or recompense or punishment or so much more. The point is, He knows what works perfectly each and every time. So, if today you’re contemplating getting back at anyone, may I plead with you to give it to God instead? Don’t do His work for him. We do not know how to get revenge but God does because He knows everything.
He watched what happened from every angle and from every vantage point. He heard every thought. He knows and understands every motive. He saw every act and every deed. He knows and understands every part the enemy played in whatever happened. Only Jehovah God can redeem what happened. Only He can fix it so, please, let it go and let God fix it. 🙏🏽