The One Who Repays

           Poignant and/or funny lines from movies often make their way into the vocabulary of our culture. For example, when we want to explain life’s ups and downs, we quote Forest Gump’s mother and expound, “Life is like a box of chocolates; you never know what you’re going to get.” If we know a person has a low threshold for accepting reality, we tell her, “You can’t handle the truth.” And when we are itching for a reason to retaliate, we can be heard luring the offender into our clutches with the invitation, “Go ahead, make my day.”

           But no matter how tempting it may seem to want to taste the victory over our foes, God adamantly identifies Himself as the One who repays. In no uncertain terms, Proverbs20:22clearly tells us, “Do not say, ‘I’ll pay you back for this wrong!’ Wait for the LORD, and he will deliver you” (NIV). Romans 12:19-21 makes this same admonition clear in New Testament language. “Do not take revenge, my friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: ‘It is mine to avenge; I will repay,’ says the Lord. On the contrary: ‘If your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink. In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head.’ Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.” (NIV).

          So as Christians, no more threatening that “I’m gonna get you, sucker.” Instead wait, treat your enemy well, and crush evil with good. Depend on God to do that paying back in His own manner and time. Trust that He can and will do a far better repayment job than you ever could.


©2011 Sharon Norris Elliott. Feel free to forward this devotion in its entirety, including this copyright line. Leave comments, ask questions, read past devotions, or subscribe to receive these devotions daily in your e-mail at Also, periodically check in at to see what’s going on in the ministry.

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~ by sanewriter on August 18, 2011.

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