The Lord’s heartbeat says leave retaliation, vengeance, and avenger to Him!
The last train to leave the station climbing up the mountain of persecution is the train of obeying the Lord’s heartbeat. Romans 12:17, 19 – Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Do not take revenge, my friends, but leave room for Gods wrath, for it is written: “It is mine to avenge, I will repay,” says the Lord.
The passenger on the train of seeking the Lord’s heartbeat through obedience had freedom from a heavy load of bitterness, unforgiveness, and resentment. On the other side of the tracks, on the trains of retaliation and avenger the passengers Cain, Samson, Ahab, and Jezebel were consumed with bitterness, unforgiveness and resentment. They paid an enormous price for their train tickets for their ride on the trains of retaliation and avenger.
However, for Elijah, the one passenger on the train of seeking the Lord’s heartbeat of obedience, he experienced an amazing personal relationship with God. Psalm 1:3 – He is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither. Whatever he does prospers. Elijah delighted himself in the Lord’s heartbeat. Because of that delight in the Lord’s heartbeat, Elijah received God’s approval and he was fruitful for God.
Through the fruitfulness, God accomplished amazing miracles through Elijah. Elijah was used by God to predict the beginning and end of a three year drought, restore a dead child to his mother, represented God in a show down with priests of Baal and Asherah, and appeared with Moses and Jesus in the New Testament transfiguration scene.
The reason God was able to use Elijah in amazing ways was because Elijah followed the Lord’s heartbeat. 1 Peter 2:23 – When they hurled their insults at him, he did not retaliate; when he suffered, he made no threats. Instead, he entrusted himself to him who judges justly.
I have had to learn to entrust myself to the One who judges justly. As a child of God, we still have the capacity to sin. When we have been wronged or hurt deeply, we can easily hop on the trains of retaliation, vengeance, or look for an avenger or we can seek the Lord’s heartbeat to love and guide us through our pain.
As a child, I, Monica Dale Staples, had harsh words and statements made to me. I was told that I was hateful, mean, a brat, selfish, the bad daughter, a difficult person as well as many other harsh words. Besides the words attacking my very young character, I was also told that I was so blank ugly and my eyes were as ugly and big as frog’s eyes. Unfortunately, these words and statements were compounded after my mother remarried after my father’s death. We lived in an emotional volcano and never knew when the hot lava of hurtful words and actions were going to come spewing out all over us.
For many years, I rode on the trains of retaliation and looked for someone to avenge me. However, all that brought was more pain for me. It never brought the healing I was so desperately looking for.
Over the years, I have learned that I must submit to the Lord’s heartbeat moment by moment, and day by day. I am not to look for vengeance or an avenger but to seek the Lord’s heartbeat and use His mighty weapons. God’s mighty weapons are prayer, faith, hope, love, His Word, and the Holy Spirit as well as the full Armor of God, Ephesians 6:13-18.
2 Corinthians 10:3-5 – For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.
If you are that person who is looking for an avenger or you seek vengeance instead of seeking the Lord’s heartbeat, I want to recommend three great resources. The first and the best resource is The Word of God. After seeking the Lord’s heartbeat, I recommend Joyce Meyer’s teaching this week and Dr. Charles F. Stanley’s newest book, Courageous Faith.