Thursday, August 19, 2010

Victims

“…I saw under the altar the souls of those who had been slain for the word of God and for the witness they had borne.  They cried out with a loud voice, ‘O Lord, holy and true, how long before you will judge and avenge our blood on those who dwell on the earth?” Revelation 6:9-10.  
O Lord, what will you do about this?  We have been victimized!  Assaulted!  Slain!!
What were they doing there?  Why were they lingering underneath the altar?  They are speaking something to us.  They linger under the statute of justice.  The slain do not take revenge.  They do not seek retribution for sins done against them.  They do not secure their own justice.  
The Cross and its Christ are where we go for justice.  He is an eternal statement that justice was necessary and it has been accomplished.  He has taken punishment for the sins we have committed and the sins done against us….
I am thankful that God is not passive or indifferent to my cries for justice.  God takes injustice seriously.  He does not hold guiltless those who have trespassed in our territory, overstepped our boundary and taken what is not theirs to take.  But what do you believe about God?  Is He idly observing the ravaging of your body and soul?  What has He done about it and what will He do?  Your belief system is highly important here.
Two things I know: God has already executed the sinner and He has promised to redeem the saint.  In Christ, the sins of the whole would where paid for.  Christ bore the vengeance due to those who sinned against us and the vengeance due us for those we have sinned against.  God was not idle… .He poured out His anger against the injustice  done to you and me.  He poured it out on Christ.   Justice.  And the victims that refuse to take personal vengeance and wait upon God for restoration will receive more than what they have lost in rights and authority.  Justice again.  God will be just towards the victim if the victim does not seek to secure justice for themselves!  Trust in… .wait on God for justice!

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