Words from the Heart for Wednesday September 11th, 2019
I will carry out great vengeance on them and punish them in my wrath. Then they will know that I am the Lord, when I take vengeance on them.
Ezekiel 25:17 (NIV)
Back in 2016 Steven Vollrath was sentenced to 12 years in prison for the kidnapping and torture of Richard Suter, a crime the judge found was motivated by vengeance. In January 2015, Vollrath and two other men impersonated police officers and abducted Suter from his home, then cut off his thumb and abandoned him on a dark, deserted road. According to Crown prosecutor Jim Stewart, “My position all along is that … Mr. Vollrath deserved a significant consequence and that’s what Judge (Elizabeth) Johnson delivered today.”
As we keep up with the news each day, we often wonder when the Lord will bring justice to those who are suffering. Far too often, those who are the neediest, the poorest, the most at risk, are mistreated and abused. We cry out to the Lord for justice, how long, O Lord, how long? The Bible teaches that the Lord doesn’t miss a thing. He sees every act of injustice and will see to it that those who treat others unjustly will be dealt with. In Ezekiel 25:17, the prophet speaks the word of the God against the Philistines who had mistreated God’s people: “I will carry out great vengeance on them and punish them in my wrath. Then they will know that I am the Lord, when I take vengeance on them.” Because God’s nature is just, He cannot simply ignore acts of injustice and abuse. If you have been mistreated by others, be assured that the Lord notices. He will not let the injustice go unpunished. Trust the Lord to speak up on your behalf and bring about justice. It might not happen in your time, but keep on trusting. And you will see the Lord take up your cause.
These have been words from the heart.