Our Perspective Is Not God’s Perspective

“If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all. Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God, for it is written, ‘Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.’” - Romans 12:18-19

We live in a world where we may often find ourselves asking, where is the justice? When will those who have been done wrong receive the consequence of their actions? It may be tempting to take justice into our own hands. However, the Lord says, “vengeance is mine.”

In Psalm 73, Asaph knows that God has been good to him, but he is disturbed by what he is sees as God also being faithful to the wicked. He believes the wicked are less affected by life’s troubles and it causes him to want to lose hope. But in verse 17, he has a shift in perspective. Asaph ultimately realizes that those who remain far from God will perish. But as for him, he will continue to take refuge in the Lord.

Our perspective is not God’s perspective. We see a snapshot of life through our limited understanding and experiences. God sees the whole of the individual and the situation; and just as He has given us mercy, He extends that same mercy to others, that they may term from their wicked ways and turn back to Him. God does not want anyone to perish, although there is a consequence to every action.  

God knows what He is doing, and He will not let any evil deed go unpunished. The truth is, we all have areas of our lives that we must work on. And God’s mercy provides a shelter for us to learn through our waywardness.

You may want to see someone pay for their actions, but a better investment of your time is to pray that they see the error of their ways and repent; and pray to relieve your heart of the pain and unforgiveness. Your closure comes in healing and moving on.
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