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TODAY’S BIBLE READING:

1 Chronicles 11:1–12:18
Acts 28:1-31
Psalm 9:1-12
Proverbs 19:1-3

TODAY’S BIBLE VERSE(S):

1 Chronicles 12:17 (CSB): “David went out to meet them and said to them, ‘If you have come in peace to help me, my heart will be united with you, but if you have come to betray me to my enemies even though my hands have done no wrong, may the God of our ancestors look on it and judge.'”

REFLECTIONS ON TODAY’S BIBLE VERSE(S):

In the verse that I’ve chosen as “Today’s Bible Verse,” it is clear that King David believed in God’s judgment. He believed that injustice happens during our time on earth and there is a Divine Judge who will make things right.

In fact, we are told in the New Testament that God is still about the business of bringing judgment upon those who commits acts of injustice. Our knowledge that God will make things right allows us to let go of our own desire to administer justice and, instead, to demonstrate acts of love.

Romans 12:17–21 (CSB): “Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Give careful thought to do what is honorable in everyone’s eyes. If possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. Friends, do not avenge yourselves; instead, leave room for God’s wrath, because it is written, ‘Vengeance belongs to me; I will repay, says the Lord.’ But ‘If your enemy is hungry, feed him. If he is thirsty, give him something to drink. For in so doing you will be heaping fiery coals on his head.’ Do not be conquered by evil, but conquer evil with good.”

We realize in the previous verses that the command to love others in tangible ways is possible because we are resting in the fact that God has observed the injustice and will take care of it.

But …

While we rest in the fact that God is the Divine Judge and has promised to punish every single person who has done something wrong (that’s why we desperately need to fall at the mercy of the court and ask Jesus to forgive us and save us!), we are also reminded that we are often clueless as to what God is up to.

In the following verses, that were also in today’s Bible readings, we observe how some men who weren’t God-followers were trying to assess what was going on. In their minds, the “gods” or “fate” would pay someone back for doing something wrong. But, if there was no obvious signs of payback, then the person must be innocent.

Notice how their observations led to faulty assumptions that swayed from one extreme (“he’s a murderer”) to the other extreme (“he’s a god”).

Acts 28:3–6 (CSB): “As Paul gathered a bundle of brushwood and put it on the fire, a viper came out because of the heat and fastened itself on his hand. When the local people saw the snake hanging from his hand, they said to one another, ‘This man, no doubt, is a murderer. Even though he has escaped the sea, Justice has not allowed him to live.’ But he shook the snake off into the fire and suffered no harm. They expected that he would begin to swell up or suddenly drop dead. After they waited a long time and saw nothing unusual happen to him, they changed their minds and said he was a god.”

Friend, Christians are often this clueless. We observe what is happening around us and think we know what God is doing … but we actually have no clue.

So, from the verses I read today, I am reminded that God is the Judge, He will punish the wrongdoer, but I might not know what He’s doing.

Therefore, I leave all acts of judgment to Him and don’t try to observe what He’s doing. Because if I do, I might get it wrong.