The Avenger

“If you have come peaceably to me to help me, my heart will be united with you; but if to betray me to my enemies, since there is no wrong in my hands, may the God of our fathers look and bring judgment.”

– 1 Chronicles 12:17

These are the words of King David to the men of Benjamin. These were King Saul’s loyal men who now brought themselves under David’s rule. David had every right to question their loyalty. He had been betrayed by Saul’s men before.

Imagine for a moment, the setting. The previous chapters describe the thousands of mighty men of valor who aligned themselves with King David. Knowing a vast army was in your corner, to follow your every command would bring anyone boldness. What assurance he would have! What confidence this would provide! David was a capable man of war himself! David’s faith was not in those behind him but in the One who was above him. David did not threaten them by vengeance through himself. He warned them they would have to answer to God directly. His confidence was not in man; it was rightly placed in the Lord.

Jesus said that God will avenge His own elect who cry out day and night to Him. The promise is that He will do it speedily (Luke 18:7-8). We must remember, though, the Lord’s speed is different than ours. We may want justice now, but the Lord is patient wanting everyone to have the chance to repent (2 Peter 3:9). When others do not seem to align themselves with the Lord’s commands, take it to Him in prayer. The most loving thing we can do for others is to leave them in God’s hands.

“God is completely in charge of his world. His hand may be hidden, but his rule is absolute.”

– J.I. Packer

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