1 Are you rulers really fair when you speak? Do you judge people honestly? 2 No, in your hearts you plan to be unfair. With your hands you do terrible things on the earth. 3 Even from birth those who are evil go down the wrong path. From the day they are born they go the wrong way and speak lies. 4 Their words are like the poison of a snake. They are like the poison of a cobra that has covered up its ears. 5 It won’t listen to any tune of a snake charmer, even if the charmer really plays well. 6 God, break the teeth in the mouths of those sinners! Lord, tear out the sharp teeth of those lions! 7 Let those people disappear like water that flows away. When they draw their bows, let their arrows be dull. 8 Let them be like a slug that melts away as it moves along. Let them be like a baby that is born dead and never sees the sun. 9 Evil people will be swept away quicker than a pot can feel the heat of thorns burning under it. And it doesn’t matter if the thorns are green or dry. 10 Godly people will be glad when those who have hurt them are paid back. They will wash their feet in the blood of those who do evil. 11 Then people will say, “The godly will get their reward. There really is a God who judges the earth.”
It is so easy to get discouraged when we read about unfair court decisions and the atrocities that occur in our world. However, as children of God, we are on the winning side and Jesus Christ is always the victor.
When we have been wronged, or we see injustice happening in our world, a lot of emotions flood our beings. Do we allow our anger to turn into bitterness; do we seek justice or revenge?
We need to turn everything over to God – pray that those who appear to get away with what is wrong will realize that walking their own path will lead to a bitter end. That they would seek to know the grace of God, so their nature can be renewed by the Holy Spirit.
Don’t doubt the justice of God; we do not need to take matters into our own hands, or tell God what needs to be done – He will impart justice, and vengeance is His.
Lord, help me to develop a strong and consistent faith to know that Your way is always the best way. When tough emotions well up within me, give me the clarity to see them for what they are and hand them over to You to do with as You will. Amen.
Written by Cathy Croft