Phyllis Beveridge Nissila
Furthermore, just as they did not think it worthwhile to retain the knowledge of God, so God gave them over to a depraved mind, so that they do what ought not to be done. 29 They have become filled with every kind of wickedness, evil, greed and depravity. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit and malice. They are gossips, 30 slanderers, God-haters, insolent, arrogant and boastful; they invent ways of doing evil; they disobey their parents; 31 they have no understanding, no fidelity, no love, no mercy. 32 Although they know God’s righteous decree that those who do such things deserve death, they not only continue to do these very things but also approve of those who practice them. (Romans 1:28-32, NIV, emphasis mine)
Do not say, “I’ll pay you back for this wrong!” Wait for the Lord, and he will avenge you. (Proverbs 20:22)
The first scripture points out what happens by God’s sovereignty when people “do not think it worthwhile to retain the knowledge of God,” the second points out that the Lord will avenge His people.
To many believers the first sounds harsh, the second, comforting though it requires a measure of patience.
But God is both loving and just in His sovereignty.
He sees to what must be done, and when. Continue reading