November 26 | Daily Devotion

November 26 | Daily Devotion

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Lectio Divina

“…I speak in my jealous wrath because you have suffered the scorn of the nations. Therefore this is what the Sovereign Lord says: I swear with uplifted hand that the nations around you will also suffer scorn.” ~Ezekiel 36:6-7

God’s justice is one of the most understated aspects of His character in contemporary, postmodern Christianity. It is rare that we use language that speaks of “God’s wrath” or “God’s judgment.” Perhaps we are afraid someone might call us fundamentalist or some other bad name.

However, we do find the language of justice in Scripture. What modern-day Christians often miss is just how comforting the notion of God’s justice can be for His people. His anger with them burns out quickly, but not so with those who seize upon times of pain as opportunity for selfish gain (Ps. 30:5).

Edom entered Jerusalem after its fall in 586 and rifled through the leftovers. They laughed and looted while the people of God wept over the loss of their city. Surrounding nations took advantage of the deserted countryside to graze their sheep in green pastures. All of this (and more) provoked God’s wrath! “This is what the Sovereign Lord says: In my burning zeal I have spoken against the rest of the nations, and against Edom, for with glee and with malice in their hearts they made my land their own possession so that they might plunder its pastureland…I speak in my jealous wrath!” (Ezek. 36:5-6).

When we get hurt, God gets mad, and there is considerable comfort in that fact! “Do not take revenge my friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written, ‘It is mine to repay’ says the Lord” (Rom. 12:19). Revenge isn’t ours to take; we need to get out of God’s way!

If you have been wronged, leave the matter to God. It is your duty to forgive in your heart, to hand over the situation to Him, and then to go about your living free of the burden of bitterness. Let him take care of His business while you focus on the business of doing what He has called you to do.

Lectio Divina is written by F. Lionel Young III, who serves as the senior pastor of Calvary Church in Valparaiso, Indiana. He is the author of A New Kind of Missionary, a popular introduction to global Christianity.