Sunday, April 3, 2011

The Last Word

"The LORD will decide between us. you  Perhaps the LORD will punish you for what you are trying to do to me, but I will never harm you"
(1 Samuel 24:12).

David had the opportunity and the justification, and Saul certainly had it coming.  Saul had been unfaithful to God and now, his family was going to lose the kingdom that it had so pridefully squandered.  He had tried to have David killed, chasing him down, betraying David's loyalty, only to further alienate himself from God.  Now revenge was within David's grasp, but he chose to let God have the "last word."

People, all people, yes, even Christians, feel that if they are "justified," then they have every right to go out to destroy in order to avenge their pain, their own pain.  Going after someone, or trying to be a part of proving a point at their expense is more about boosting the pride and the bruised ego of the offended than hurting the one who was initially at fault.

We need to continue to learn that God will get the Last word.  We don't have to prove our point at all times.  We don't need to get the last word in, and we don't need to try to humiliate others because we have been wronged.  God will get the last word.  He always does.  Our challenge is to let Him to do so.

Are you in a situation today, right now, where you are struggling over how to handle an offense?  Are you mulling over all of the things that you could say in response to all of things that have already been said or done?  Are you hurt and angry?  Don't let your emotions dictate your next move, or your next word.  Give it to God.  He always says the right things at the right times.  Trust Him.

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