‘Vengeance is Mine, and retribution, in due time their foot will slip; for the day of their calamity is near, and the impending things are hastening upon them.’ For the Lord will vindicate His people, and will have compassion on His servants, when He sees that their strength is gone, and there is none remaining, bond or free.

Have you ever sought revenge on someone else? Or maybe just secretly wished it? It is debatable which is worse: being on the receiving or the giving end of revenge. But one thing is certain: taking matters into our own hands doesn’t work out well. The biblical reason for this is simply put; we can’t handle what isn’t ours. We have no right to vengeance. Retribution doesn’t belong to us. Therefore, we are incapable of dealing it out properly. It isn’t up to us to determine who receives it, when, how, and in what way. Only God knows best in this regard. He is the supreme Lord and Judge of the world, whose power no force can resist, from whose knowledge no secret can be concealed, and from whose perfect justice no one can escape.

We would do well to remember this passage the next time we are tempted to retaliate. When an offense occurs, just pause. Take a breath. Count to ten. Take a minute…or two…or maybe twenty. Begin praying immediately. Evaluate what happened. Give others the benefit of the doubt. Then, choose to turn the situation over to God. Choose to forgive. Choose to trust God to handle the situation in the way that is right, believing nothing is hidden or missing from Him.

• How does it make you feel knowing that retribution is the Lord’s?

• What areas are you holding onto or trying to control that you need to fully release to God?

• Thank God for His perfect timing and perfect justice. Thank Him for always handling situations in exactly the right way.