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TODAY’S BIBLE READING:
TODAY’S BIBLE VERSE(S):
Psalm 37:12–13 (CSB): “The wicked person schemes against the righteous and gnashes his teeth at him. The Lord laughs at him because he sees that his day is coming.”
REFLECTIONS ON TODAY’S BIBLE VERSE(S):
If we are completely honest with ourselves, we would have to admit that we find pleasure in the words of Psalm 37:12-13, our Verses for Today.
Essentially, those verses tell us that there are times when a person with a wicked heart makes plans to harm a God-follower. Further, the wicked person “gnashes his teeth at him,” which means that he expresses his anger and disdain for the righteous person.
The clear implication is that the God-follower is not only being harmed and mistreated … it is also an injustice. It is wrong!
So, verse 13 tells us: “The Lord laughs at him because he sees that his day is coming.”
God laughs at the wicked-hearted person. Why? Because the Lord finds satisfaction in knowing that justice will be done. He knows that there is coming a day when the wicked person will be judged and get exactly what his actions deserve.
Well, it’s one thing for the Lord to find delight in future judgment – but what about us? Is it right for us to find satisfaction in knowing that justice is coming upon the person who has unjustly treated us? Is this simply an Old Testament concept or does it carry over into the New Testament?
As I acknowledge my own sinful heart, I can’t help but think of a handful of people who have seriously, intentionally hurt my family. Some of the words and actions have left deep wounds and consequences that we will be forced to carry with us the rest of our lives. Most of those people claim to have a relationship with the Lord but their words and actions give me a clue as to the condition of their heart (“You will recognize them by their fruits.” [Matthew 7:16,20]).
Am I right to find satisfaction in the fact that the Lord will judge them and make things right one day? Is such a desire sub-Christian?
Just listen to the Apostle Paul as he wrote his last letter to Timothy…
2 Timothy 4:14–15 (CSB): “Alexander the coppersmith did great harm to me. The Lord will repay him according to his works. Watch out for him yourself because he strongly opposed our words.”
The Apostle Paul called a spade a spade. He oftentimes named names. Here, we read that a guy named Alexander had done something really bad (we’re not told what it was) to the Apostle Paul. Alexander’s actions included overbearing attempts to silence the Apostle Paul and the message of the Gospel. So, Paul found satisfaction in knowing that the Lord would make things right one day. “The Lord will repay him according to his works.”
So, Christian, are we called to love our enemies? Yes! (By the way, biblical love doesn’t necessarily mean warm, fuzzy feelings. Instead, it speaks of valuing people and being willing to sacrifice if someone is in need.)
But, at the same time that we are loving them, can we find satisfaction in knowing that what they have done or are doing is being documented by the Lord and that He will make things right one day? Yes!
Acts 17:30-31 (CSB): “Therefore, having overlooked the times of ignorance, God now commands all people everywhere to repent, because he has set a day when he is going to judge the world in righteousness by the man he has appointed. He has provided proof of this to everyone by raising him from the dead.”