Therefore, wait for Me – this is the Lord’s declaration – until the day I rise up for plunder. For My decision is to gather nations, to assemble kingdoms, in order to pour out My indignation on them, all My burning anger; for the whole earth will be consumed by the fire of My jealousy. Zephaniah 3:8 HCSB
There have been times in my life when someone has said something or done something that has caused hurt to me in some way. My natural human feeling is to want to get revenge and hurt the person back in some way. I know that is not the way that Jesus would react. As a Christian, my desire is to forgive and forget. It is easier to forgive than it is to forget the hurt that someone has caused.
This verse reminds us that God will judge all the people according to what they have done. God is just and will always do what is right; someday all evil doers will be punished and the obedient will be blessed. We are to wait on God to judge. God reminds us in Romans 12:19 that “Vengeance belongs to Me.” When we focus on revenge it causes us to become bitter and hateful. It also takes our focus off of sharing the gospel with others.
Challenge: Let go of any thought of revenge. Be patient and wait on God, His judgement will come. Let God be the judge and administer justice. Pray that God would help you focus on loving others, even those who have hurt you.