God has the prerogative to deal with those who trouble us. This verse tells us that He may bring tribulation to repay them for the trouble they give to us.
“If God is for us, who can be against us?” Rom 8:31. The God who made the heavens & the earth can mobilise every resource He owns to punish those who make trouble for us. This is comfort for those who are persecuted and bullied.
However, there are some important questions we need to first ask ourselves:
1) Is God pleased with me? Do I have unconfessed or secret sins that I am hiding?Am I His child, reconciled to Him through Jesus Christ?
2) Is He pleased with my actions & responses in the situation where my opponents “troubled me”?
3) What kind of response would God be pleased with?
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To answer questions 2 &3, consider what
1 Pet 2:19-21 has to say:
“For this is commendable, if because of conscience toward God one endures grief, suffering wrongfully. For what credit is it if, when you are beaten for your faults, you take it patiently? But when you do good and suffer, if you take it patiently, this is commendable before God. For to this you were called, because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that you should follow His steps:”
In other words, if we seek God’s glory & obey Him in every situation, and we do not attempt to “justify” ourselves but totally leave it to Him for “vengeance” – we can be assured that God sees and in His good timing (which can be a long time in our measure), He will vindicate us and deal with our enemies according to His justice.
It takes great faith for us to remain silent when the natural reaction is to defend ourselves when we are “targetted” by our opponents. In fact, the world considers those who remain silent as being “weak”. But while the argument & fight goes on, there is a God sitting on the throne in heaven, seeing and watching all these. Only those with eyes of faith will be able to see & appreciate this, just like Stephen in Acts 7.
“Beloved, do not avenge yourselves, but rather give place to wrath; for it is written, “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,” says the Lord.” Romans 12:19 . May God help us.