Why should pagan nations be allowed to scoff, asking, “Where is their God?” Show us your vengeance against the nations, for they have spilled the blood of your servants. Listen to the moaning of the prisoners. Demonstrate your great power by saving those condemned to die. O Lord, pay back our neighbors seven times for the scorn they have hurled at you. Then we your people, the sheep of your pasture, will thank you forever and ever, praising your greatness from generation to generation. Psalm 79: 10-13 NLT
How would you like God to prove Godself to those who scoff and don't believe? Does revenge come to mind? Striking out at unbelievers and sinners would prove something. Not sure if that would prove God exists or that our thoughts of revenge have taken on a power and life of their own. I kind of think that would be more evil than God-like.
God allowed Jesus to die on the cross. Rather than getting revenge on the Romans, Pilate, Judas, the Sanhedrin or anyone else who was responsible for his death, God gave the opportunity for belief and forgiveness. Not everyone took what God gave. But for those who did, the reward is beyond comprehension.
Truly we can praise God's greatness from generation to generation.
God, thank you for not getting revenge on everyone who tortured and executed Jesus. Thank you that you gave the possibility of forgiveness and new life instead. In His name we pray. Amen.
Copyright 2012 Amelia G. Sims