Proverbs 20: 2020 Bible Challenge

Devotional Text and Meditation for the Day

By Neal Luebbers

Proverbs 20:22

When we break this verse down into its two parts, we see that we have been given something not to do, “Do not say, ‘I will repay evil’”, paired with a command, “Wait for the Lord, and He will save you.”  This first section serves as a clear reminder that only God is in a position to sit in judgment and exercise righteous justice.   Deuteronomy 32:35, Romans 12:19, and Hebrews 10:30 all declare the same thing of the Lord:  that, “vengeance is mine”.  In fact, we are not only forbidden from thoughts, feelings, or acts of revenge, but we are commanded to return evil with good (Proverbs 25:21, Matthew 5:38-42, Romans 12:17-21, and 1 Peter 3:9)!

Now let’s ponder the command: “Wait for the Lord, and He will save you.”  Isn’t it interesting that the promise is not about revenge upon our enemies, but about bringing us aid (He will save you.)?  The command is “Wait on the Lord” because it is about His faithfulness and for His glory!  Which brings us to the very convicting part: The Lord’s judgment of our enemies is NOT about our comfort, our satisfaction, or our pleasure!  If you are like me, this is a difficult reminder to be given.  How many times have I shown restraint from repaying evil-doers with evil, only to take personal pleasure and satisfaction in knowing that the Lord would “deal with them”?  I too often fail to recognize that my circumstances, whatever they may be, can be about, should be about, and are about HIS FAITHFULNESS, HIS HONOR, and HIS GLORY!  Are there situations in your life where you are repaying evil with evil?  How about ways in which you are repaying evil with good, only to make the Lord’s vengeance about your own satisfaction?  I believe that these are excellent questions to ask of ourselves as we meditate upon this verse today, seeking to apply its truths to our lives!

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