Patience in Adversity: Embracing God’s Timing for Justice

1 Sam 25:30-31 And it shall come to pass, when the LORD shall have done to my lord according to all the good that he hath spoken concerning thee, and shall have appointed thee ruler over Israel; That this shall be no grief unto thee, nor offence of heart unto my lord, either that thou hast shed blood causeless, or that my lord hath avenged himself: but when the LORD shall have dealt well with my lord, then remember thine handmaid.

Even as a woman soon forgets the anguish of her travail after her child is delivered into the world (see John 16:21), even so the pains of our anguish today shall be forgotten once our Lord delivers us from these jaws of death! The Lord sent Abigail by to remind David of this very truth, while he was on his way to avenge himself by taking matters into his own hands. How often are we tempted to do the same! Dear reader, what harms have you suffered undeservingly at the hands of your enemies? Do not get discouraged, nor emboldened in bitterness to take upon yourself what only belongs to the Lord (Heb 10:30). Victory will be sweeter, and the joys thereof more enduring, for those who wait upon the Lord. It may feel that the Lord is “taking His time” (indeed He is), but rest assured that when He deals with it, it will be dealt with righteously and thoroughly.

One thing we need to remember is that it’s only a matter of time before what looks like a problem to us today will only be a faint memory of the past tomorrow! We must not be so present minded; we must be future minded! We must develop the ability to look beyond today’s injustices all the way into tomorrow’s recompensed rewards, both on the wicked and upon the righteous. Child of God, be not hasty in resolving that which only God can truly handle; put it in His hands, for this too shall pass! Resolve to let those matters rest until such a time as our Father deems it necessary to deal in justice, even if that means waiting until Judgment Day. If we do this, we shall avoid the pitfalls of acting in the blindness of bitterness and making matters worse than they already are! Look past your past, and look past your present; envision yourself in the safety, peace, and security of your Heavenly Father, enjoying His dainties, while your enemies look on only wishing they could have what you have! You won’t be disappointed!

~ Pastor Gary Caudill
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