God’s Hope for Your Heart from Psalm 64
GOD’S JUSTICE WILL PREVAIL
Hide me from the secret plots of the wicked, from the throng of evildoers,
who whet their tongues like swords, who aim bitter words like arrows…
But God shoots His arrow at them; they are wounded suddenly.
They are brought to ruin, with their own tongues turned against them…
(Psalm 64:3-4, 7-8a)
Have you ever had someone speak lies about you? How about speak truths about you that should never have been shared with more than a few?
Have you ever felt like people are working against you, plotting to harm you, or even just not respecting you the way you wish they would?
Here’s a comforting reminder: we reap what we sow.
That person who continues to spread false accusations? The day will come when their lies will catch up with them.
That person who betrayed a confidence and spread things around they shouldn’t have? The day will come when they experience the same thing.
Those people who’ve been working against you through gossip and scheming and disrespect? The kind of toxic atmosphere they have created will one day come back upon them.
We reap what we sow.
Here’s the thing. As followers of Jesus, we are called to pray for our enemies and do good for those who persecute us (Matthew 5:44). Yet, that doesn’t mean that we are giving a “free pass” for evil, or asking God to let them escape the consequences of their actions. In fact, sometimes the most loving thing to do for someone is make sure that their consequences catch up with them, because that may be the only way they’ll ever learn.
The reality is that although God is love, He is also just, and He explicitly says in His Word that He will not be mocked, and that whatever a person sows, they will reap (Galatians 6:7).
That means that when you are slandered, spoken ill of and betrayed, you can continue to act in a Christ-like way without taking things into your own hands. How? Because of the hope of this truth: God’s justice will prevail.