November 17, 2012

God’s Payment Plan

Written by Boyd Bailey

Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today- November 17, 2012

“For we know him who said, “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,” and again, “The Lord will judge his people.” It is a dreadful thing to fall into the hands of the living God. Hebrews 10:30-31

Someone may be in debt to you. They may owe you money, a reputation, an apology, a job, or a childhood. But God is asking you to let go and let Him. Let Him handle this. He has a payment plan for those who are in debt to his children. It may mean He wipes their slate clean with minimal repercussions. It may mean their stiff neck forces God to bring them to the end of themselves through trials and tribulations. Or, it may mean that what awaits them is an eternity of reaping in hell what has been sown on earth. But God’s position is one of judge and jury. You do not have to carry this burden or responsibility. Your role is to forgive and to trust God with the proper judgment and consequence.

Life gets complicated and draining when we take on the responsibility of making sure a person gets what he deserves. This is arrogant and unwise on our part. How can we know what others deserve for their injustices, neglect, and self-absorption? Our role is not to play God, but to serve God. Playing God is a never-ending disappointment. We were not made for that role. Only the Almighty can fill these shoes. And He does have it under control. There is no indiscretion or blatant injustice that is off His radar screen of sensitivity. He picks up on every “little” sin.

So, rest in the assurance of knowing God will pay back in His good timing and in His good way. Give this person or issue over to God. Do not bear the responsibility of executing payback time. Your role is to forgive and let go. God’s role is to establish a payment plan of justice and judgment. Yes, your parents may have blown it through their own selfish tirades. Their immature choices may have built up over time and led to divorce. Because of their indiscretions and unwise decisions, you grew up in a less than favorable home environment. But look at their faces. The hurt and the consequences are etched in their countenances. The results of their wrongs have caught up with them. They need your grace and forgiveness. Be a good son or daughter, and by this you may facilitate healing for your parents’ soul. Sin has its own harvest of heartache, not to mention breaking the heart of the heavenly Father. Trust God with your parents. Let Him worry about what they deserve.

You can bring reconciliation to a fractured family relationship by forgiving. Once you have forgiven, trust God to administer whatever punishment He sees as fitting. He may see a broken and contrite heart in your offender that leads to their salvation and freedom in Christ. Your forgiveness and unconditional love may be the very thing God uses to illustrate what they can experience up close and personal. Forgive and give. Forgive them of their hurt, insensitivity, and selfishness; then give them over to God. Trust Him with His repayment plan. He owns the payback process. His vengeance may be swift, it may be delayed, or it may be dissolved. Regardless, you do the right thing, and trust God to do the same. Vengeance is His, not ours. Payback time is up to God. We have enough in our own lives to consider. Pray for yourself and others to avoid falling into the hands of the living God, for it is a dreadful thing.

Taken from the November 18th reading in the 365-day devotional book, “Seeking Daily the Heart of God”…

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  1. Our role is not to play God, but to serve God. His judgment is best. #judgment

  2. GOd is in control indeed!!!

  3. Charity Butler via Facebook says:

    Amen. Praying to God about someone and then letting Him deal with them is the best revenge ever. God always does what is best.

  4. Angela Gott via Facebook says:

    ..God, I give them all back to You. Remind me with Your Mercy & Grace to praise You through the storms, to continue to pray to You, & trust them all to You, In Jesus Holy Name, Amen.. I’ll wait on You, LORD. <3

  5. Linda Jackson says:

    God Be The Glory; I was introduced to Wisdom Hunters a little more than a year ago. I cannot tell you how much I have relied on the daily words I receive. But today you hit me in the heart and spoke and confirmed everything I have to do (Not Need To Do) but have to do in order to be obdient and please God. I have been in turmoil inside because of distrust, and constant attack with family members….I have been through betrayal after over and over been loving with no conditions and be there for all of them, sisters, brothers, sister-in-laws, brother in laws…In particular my oldest sister who continue to have a love/hate relationship with me. One day she is kind to me, the next day she is slamming me in mud…..I have a sister in law whom has been in marital turmoil, I have been there in God’s way for her and her children, have given money, time, counsel and she violated me by stealing money out of my purse – nothing I heard something I saw…and I did not address it, but I immediately pulled away from her, but these hurts are so dreadful….but your Word today confirmed that I have no other choice but to forgive because I will forever, feel bad myself and I can’t minister God’s word to anyone if I am in turmoil. I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for such wonderful blessings I receive each day. I also have a file that I keep with all your messages, so that I can go back and study when I am in a tribulation. I am also asking for special prayer for myself because I am having weight issues, I have placed a prayer in my prayer box and I have asked to be delivered from gluttony and that God will please take the taste of unhealthy foods from me and bless me to only want to nourish my temple so that I can minister to His people with a healthy temple, and pure heart. Again I thank you for you blessings and please pray for me, my husband Frank, my niece Jermesha whom stays with me due to dysfunctional parents whom are unable to raise her because of drug addiction. Jermesha needs prayer so that she can focus on her studies which have been challenging due to never having to do homework, getting all “F grades for the last 7 years…let’s pray that God delivers her to be an “A” student. It’s challenging but worth it because she belongs to the Lord. I ask for prayer for my finances to blessed so that I am able to continue to take care of my niece. Again God Bless You!

  6. michael says:

    God bless you both Boyd and Rita you will make christmas for three special boys and their mother and this humble servant of God.God did increase and shall in all of our lives as we move forward.Michael

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