My son RJ’S bike got stolen…again. Sometime in the last few weeks. It is the second time since we have lived here. Four other bikes sit idly by in the garage, but not his. The new bike he got for Christmas… gone. Anger sets in and in that moment I see red. Thinking back to all the people that may have been behind our house. Who might have walked into our garage and walked out with his bike. My stomach turns at the thought of telling him when he comes over this weekend. The disappointment I know I will see in his eyes.
It occurs to me to that I should ride the neighborhoods close by… But I know that my emotion will take me further than I can afford to go, even if I did find it. The Holy Spirit gently reminds me of a few verses.
19 Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord.
20 Therefore if thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give him drink: for in so doing thou shalt heap coals of fire on his head.
21 Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good.
So I have to let it go. I am no good to anyone in this state of mind. I’m sure it was some stupid kids. What can you do…
And it makes me think. The feeling I have for my son being wronged. My wrath. My anger. It means nothing. Nothing. Because all wrath belongs to God. I have no right to search for revenge. Justice is one thing, but in this moment that is not what is burning inside of me. I want someone else to hurt. I want to make them pay.
So I have to let it go. To put it in Gods hands. In the big picture a bicycle means nothing.
But what about Gods wrath? His anger? When His son is the one done wrong…And I am not talking about the kid who stole this bike. I am talking about when the time comes and the unsaved stand before Him in judgement. And His wrath is poured out. I imagine it will be that feeling I had times infinity…
And then my I see that scene played out in my mind my wrath is gone. Replaced with sorrow. Because Christ lives inside of me. If I truly look at this lost world through Jesus eyes then I know what awaits them. It just makes me sad. We have no right to wrath because wrath belongs to God…And to be honest I don’t want any part of it.