2 Samuel 22:47-49 “The LORD liveth; and blessed be my rock; and exalted be the God of the rock of my salvation. It is God that avengeth me, and that bringeth down the people under me, And that bringeth me forth from mine enemies: thou also hast lifted me up on high above them that rose up against me: thou hast delivered me from the violent man.”
Many of us have those times in our life that we are not proud of. Times when we chose selfishly that, in the end, were at best, bittersweet. Looking back, we see our error and wish for more wisdom and understanding in future decisions.
Then there are those things at which we stumble over and over. No matter how hard we try, we repeat the matter. Some are addictions or addictive behavior. Others are learned behavior; responses that we saw in our parents that seem to fall into the same old groove and pattern.
Change is slow to come, and failure seems to be the norm.
But then there are those hard decisions. Times when we feel no matter what we choose, nothing seems to be right. No matter what we want, someone gets hurt, or someone loses.
It is in those times we feel like hiding. David felt that way too.
Psalm 61:2-3 “From the end of the earth will I cry unto thee, when my heart is overwhelmed: lead me to the rock that is higher than I. For thou hast been a shelter for me, and a strong tower from the enemy.”
We feel as if we want to be that little boy or little girl that run into the safety of Daddy’s arms. No matter what type of earthly father you may have had, as a child of the King, you have a Heavenly Father who will welcome you with open arms!
But you are faced with a decision. You must choose.
Your flesh wants vengeance.
Your heart agrees. You’re hurt. We want the purpetrator to hurt too. We want to be the one to allow them to get what is coming to them for what they did to you!
It is in those times I am reminded:
Romans 12:19 “Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord.”
“…give place unto wrath” seems easy to say but much harder to do.
“Just give it to God” is another one of those statements that seem to roll off the tongue of those who seemingly have never gone through what we are going through.
But, the truth of both of those statements is in the doing of it.
Giving place to wrath means I cannot allow it to take up residence in me. I must give it another place to live in.
‘Give it to God’ has been the beginning of a dialogue with my Father over just what it is He wants me to do. We can never testify of the healing of God unless we are in a place of brokenness.
We can never testify of God’s provision if we are never in need.
We can never praise Him for His filling if we are never empty.
So, you have been brought to your ‘valley of decision’. Many roads lie ahead.
Your heart cries out for vengeance or justice to requite your hurt.
Mercy and grace seem far off and just don’t seem to look as if they would satisfy us.
Ephesians 2:3-5 “Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others. But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;)”
Where I fail, God supplies.
The high road is what God would want us to take. His ways are most definitely not our ways. Often, what I read or feel God would have me do is diametrically opposed to what He wants for me.
Think of it:
Is what you are about to do something that would please God?
Is what I am about to choose going to put Him, or His people, or His church in a bad light?
After it is all over, will I be able to win that person or those people to Christ?
I have heard testimonies of those whom other saved people have hurt say, “If that is how a Christian acts or treats people, I want nothing of it!”
Ultimately, I do not want to be the reason someone goes to Hell when I could have been the one to lead them to Jesus.
Yes, I may want them to suffer, but Hell is eternal.
Jesus had every reason to pour out His wrath on those who delivered Him to be crucified. He could have commanded ten thousand angels to wipe out everyone who had wronged Him. But in the weakest moments of His life he said:
Luke 23:34 “Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do. And they parted his raiment, and cast lots.”
He saw the bigger picture.
He knew His purpose was to provide salvation for all men – even the ones who nailed Him to the cross.
A centurion that had witnessed all that Jesus went through said near the end:
Matthew 27:54 “Now when the centurion, and they that were with him, watching Jesus, saw the earthquake, and those things that were done, they feared greatly, saying, Truly this was the Son of God.”
Jesus took the high road.
You may have been hurt deeply. You may have the opinion and support of many who would agree with you to take vengeance or exact justice.
But what would God have you do?
When you play out every scenario, how does it turn out in the end?
Does God get the glory?
Is He lifted up?
Is the door still open for that one to be saved?
Taking the high road is a way of self-sacrifice. It is not very glamorous. It may not even satisfy our anger or bring about justice.
Even though that one may not receive what they truly deserve, taking the high road allows God to mete out true justice in the end.
He is a much better Judge than you or I will ever be.
I’ll leave you with this:
Romans 8:28 “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.”
We often say, “I know.” But do we? Is the good God speaks of, have anything to do with MY good? Doesn’t He care that I am hurting?
Jesus chose to drink a bitter cup filled with every sin imaginable. That cup contained such things as He had never experienced before. But, He became sin for us so that we might be righteous in the sight of God.
If the cup we are to drink might not taste very good now, but will glorify God in the end; I can be more like my Savior when I take the high road and drink the cup that is given me.