April 10

Written by Bill Grandi on April 10th, 2024

Have you ever had a sense of satisfaction when watching a movie or reading a book and the antagonist “gets what is coming to them”? That’s all well and good in a movie or a book; not so in real life. IMHO whenever we have a sense of satisfaction or that feeling of “Good. They got what they deserved” a small part of what little good is in us dies.

But there are times, even in the Bible, where we see this scenario played out. But as we will soon see it wasn’t by man’s doing, but God’s. Remember this principle as you consider the following story: “Vengeance is mine. I will repay says the Lord.”

In the Old Testament book of Esther a character named Haman hates Mordecai because Mordecai would not bow down and worship the ground Haman walked on. Literally. Haman eventually saw his chance to “get” Mordecai by getting the king (Xerxes) to put into law the extinction of the Jews on such-and-such a day. Haman even went so far as to erect gallows strictly made for Mordecai’s demise and display. Through a series of events -which actually go back to when Mordecai saved the king’s life by reporting a conspiracy but which had never been revealed or rewarded-Haman’s plot was exposed. Ultimately, Haman and his family were hung on the gallows he had built for Mordecai’s demise.

We would say, “Turn about is fair play” or “He got what was coming to him.” But notice: Mordecai didn’t seek it. Mordecai didn’t go after Haman. No. He did his thing; God did His. (Please read the book of Esther for the complete story).

God is the creator and sustainer of all things and is in absolute complete control. Haman’s wickedness would not and did not escape God’s purview. God’s timing was and still is perfect. We would do well to leave all things in His hands and His control. Even, and especially, the “getting even” part.

 

6 Comments so far ↓

  1. Esther is one of my favorite stories in the Bible, Bill. We are placed on earth for “such a time as this.” Our duty to God is to do His will, not ours. May we all be quick to love one another, and leave the judgment up to Him.
    Blessings!

    • Bill Grandi says:

      That phrase has challenged a lot of people down through the years to “step up” and do what is right. You are right about our duty to God and leaving things in His more than capable hands.

  2. Ryan S. says:

    We all need to be careful about hoping others get what is deserved… Knowing what I deserve vs what I have received helps me keep the proper perspective.

  3. gail says:

    Great point Bill. God’s timing and allowing God to address the issue is always best left in His hands. It is better and much more productive to serve a great God, where your trust and faith can flourish. If you start being lead around by the deceiver in all of his directions, and listening to the wrong voice, it is a regretful dead end.

    • Bill Grandi says:

      Very true Gail. It is a dreadful dead end. Allowing God to take care of things sure works out better in the end.

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