Galatians 6:2 Letting Go, By Faith

Isaiah 66:6 Payback, By Faith

Hear that uproar from the city,
    hear that noise from the temple!
It is the sound of the Lord
   repaying his enemies all they deserve.”

Isaiah 66:6

Revenge is of the Lord.

I’ve been under attack by the enemy in more ways than I care to count.

Even those closest to me have betrayed me, and gone on the offensive against me.

Earlier today, in God’s word, the Lord revealed His message and I read it loud and clear: It’s go time.

In Isaiah 66:6, we are blessed with a powerful image of divine justice, where the Lord speaks, saying, “The sound of uproar from the city! A voice from the temple— the voice of the Lord, paying back his enemies what they deserve!” This verse resonates deeply with the human experience of seeking retribution for the wrongs done to us. But as followers of Christ, how do we reconcile the concept of payback with the teachings of love, forgiveness, and grace?

First and foremost, we must understand that vengeance belongs to the Lord. In Romans 12:19, we are reminded, “Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God, for it is written, ‘Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.'” This verse serves as a poignant reminder that our role as Christians is not to seek revenge, but rather to trust in God’s perfect justice.

However, this does not mean that we are passive bystanders in the face of injustice. On the contrary, we are called by God to be His hands and feet in the world, actively working to bring about His kingdom here on earth. As Ephesians 2:10 tells us, “For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”

So, what does it mean to be God’s hands and feet in a world where injustice runs rampant? It means standing up for the marginalized, speaking out against oppression, and working tirelessly to bring about reconciliation and healing. It means embodying the love and compassion of Christ in all that we do, even in the face of adversity.

For some of us, being God’s hands and feet may also mean exposing the darkness that lurks in the hearts of our persecutors. This is not an act of revenge, but rather a call to accountability. Just as the prophets of old boldly confronted injustice and called for repentance, so too are we called to shine a light on the evil deeds of those who seek to harm others.

But we must tread carefully in this pursuit of justice. It is all too easy to become consumed by anger and bitterness, to lose sight of our ultimate calling to love our enemies and pray for those who persecute us (Matthew 5:44). As we seek to expose the filth of our persecutors, let us do so with hearts full of compassion and minds guided by the wisdom of the Holy Spirit.

In conclusion, Isaiah 66:6 serves as a powerful reminder of God’s ultimate sovereignty and justice. While we may be tempted to seek payback for the wrongs done to us, let us instead trust in the Lord to repay according to His perfect will. And as we go forth into the world as ambassadors of Christ, let us be driven by love, guided by grace, and empowered by the Holy Spirit to complete the work that God has called us to do.

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Father God;
We thank you for your presence in our lives,
We praise you Lord for the wisdom bestowed upon Isaiah,
And we ask you Lord to help us find joy in your perfect plan.

Allow us to praise and love each other through faith in you Jesus,
Shield us from evil through your Word, salvation and prayer,
Guide us to abide by the truth as we spread the good news to one and all,
And lead the lost to You.

God we pray that you will continue to bless us,
To bless our lives and fill us with hope.
We ask you Lord to guide our footsteps and lead us to the way everlasting,
Through faith in you Lord we seek salvation and our place with you in Heaven
According to your ways, your everlasting wisdom and strength.

May your will be done, here on Earth and through the vast Universe,
May our hearts be filled with your everlasting love and grace.
Praises to You God, Amen!

This message was written by Daniel St.Pierre

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Daniel St.Pierre

Daniel St.Pierre is a born again child of God. A Canadian immigrant to the United States, Daniel considers himself "blessed to be a blessing" as the ministry he leads continues to reach thousands of souls each month, on a global scale since 2003.