Scripture Reading: Judges 14:12-13(NIV)
Key verses: Judges 14:19-20(NIV)
Even though we may feel we have the right to seek vengeance against someone who we feel wronged us doesn’t mean we should. It also doesn’t mean that it won’t affect us or those around us if we decide to get back.
Judges 14:12-13 (NIV)
12 “Let me tell you a riddle,” Samson said to them. “If you can give me the answer within the seven days of the feast, I will give you thirty linen garments and thirty sets of clothes. 13 If you can’t tell me the answer, you must give me thirty linen garments and thirty sets of clothes.”
“Tell us your riddle,” they said. “Let’s hear it.”
Judges 14:19-20 (NIV)
19 Then the Spirit of the Lord came powerfully upon him. He went down to Ashkelon, struck down thirty of their men, stripped them of everything and gave their clothes to those who had explained the riddle. Burning with anger, he returned to his father’s home. 20 And Samson’s wife was given to one of his companions who had attended him at the feast.
See Samson belief that he had the right to seek vengeance not only affected him but 31 other individuals around him. Most of the time his arrogance led to his need to seek revenge. Samson paid his debt at the expense of others and every time he felt like he had the right to get back at someone it caused others pain, suffering, loss of lively hood, financial loss and loss of life.
Are you seeking vengeance? Remember it may cost not only you, but those around you.
19 Do not take revenge, my dear friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,” says the Lord.
Lord, I pray that when I feel the need to seek revenge that I leave it in your hands.