Psalm 7:16: “The trouble he causes recoils on himself; his violence comes down on his own head.”
Since I am a licensed professional counselor, people often tell me about someone who has treated them or a loved one in a shameful or violent manner. They often can’t understand how someone can continue to behave that way and get away with it.
God’s Word says the person doesn’t get away with it. Sooner or later the day of reckoning comes.
King Saul in the Old Testament attempted several times to kill David who would succeed him as king. In the Battle of Mount Gilboa in I Samuel 31:1-3, the Philistines seriously wounded King Saul. He asked his armor-bearer to draw his sword and run it through him. “His armor-bearer was terrified and would not do it; so Saul took his own sword and fell on it” (verse 4). The armor-bearer then fell on his sword and also died. Verse Six tells us, “So Saul and his three sons and his armor-bearer and all his men died together that same day.”
In the book of Esther, Haman hated Mordecai because Mordecai “neither rose nor showed fear in his presence” (Esther 5:9). Haman built a gallows seventy-five feet high to hang Mordecai on it, but Haman was the one hung on that very gallows (Esther 7:10).
Years ago someone hurt me deeply. I asked God to help me release the person to him and not hold a grudge. Eventually the trouble the person caused recoiled on the person. The pattern of violence in that person’s life eventually came down on that person’s head far harder than I could have ever imagined.
Perhaps someone has hurt you or a loved one. You may struggle with feelings of anger and a desire for revenge. Although it is not easy to do, let the negative feelings go. Remember the end of King Saul and Haman and remember this verse.
Dear God, help me believe the trouble a person causes recoils on himself. Amen.
Application: When will you meditate on this verse this week?
Copyright © by Yvonne Ortega August 17, 2012