Psalm 30:6–7 (NIV)
When I felt secure, I said, “I will never be shaken,” but when you hid your face, I was dismayed.
1 Peter 5:5–7
God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble. Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, so that he may exalt you in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him, because he cares for you.
Do you know someone who needs to be brought down a notch or two? Do you have to put up with someone who always seems to look down on others, proving his point at the expense of kinder people, making a point of his superior wisdom in the company of folks of good cheer, showing disdain and disrespect for innocent bystanders in their pursuit of their own selfish goals? Oh how sweet it would be to serve them an ice-cold cup of vengeance!
Our unchecked desires to bring down the proud do not serve the cause of God, nor provide the peace our hearts desire nor sustain any real justice. Such peace of heart and balance of the scales of justice comes only under God’s rule and reign.
God is just and true. He is faithful and mighty. His powerful hand brings down the arrogant and proud and lifts up the humble and true. When we entrust ourselves to his rule and reign we embrace a place of safety, security, and salvation.
We may wish for God’s justice to be served up to those who are arrogant; those who disobey; those who harm others. We might pray for our enemies that they would repent and treat us better. That is well and good as far as it goes. Better we realize that the rule and reign of God is best experienced not just in the realm of the proud, but also in our own lives. And the good news is that God is not only mighty; he is good, caring, faithful and worthy of our deepest trust and faith.
To entrust ourselves to the rule and reign of Christ is better than rejoicing in someone else’s comeuppance.