November 15th, 2016
2 Samuel 13:15-29
“It isn’t fair,” my client cried. “He abused me and got away with it. Where is the justice?” She was correct. Her boyfriend had emotionally abused her and destroyed their relationship, but when she asked for justice, it was a matter of hearsay. Her boyfriend refused to admit the truth.
The only thing I could say was, “God is just, and in the end your boyfriend will have to stand before God and explain what he has done to you.”
Amnon sinned against his sister, Tamar, and justice should have been carried out. King David should have disciplined his son. Yet, that did not happen. So her brother Absalom took it on himself to carry out the judgment, but only after two years had passed.
Absalom carried that vengeance in his heart for two long years and waited for the perfect opportunity to plot his brother’s murder. That hard place of bitterness and vengeance surely destroyed Absalom’s peace and affected his relationship with God.
No matter what happens to us, vengeance is not our responsibility.
Author: Rebecca Thesman