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2 Thessalonians 1:6 – God will repay with tribulation those who trouble us

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?

To answer question 1, check out these articles:

Gospel of Grace, Naaman comes to faith in God

God does not tolerate secret sins

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.

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2 Chr 28:22 “…in the time of his distress, King Ahaz became increasingly unfaithful…”

Now in the time of his distress King Ahaz became increasingly unfaithful to the Lord . This is that King Ahaz.   2 Chr 28:22

God often use distresses in our lives to get our attention so that we may turn back to Him. But in the case of King Ahaz, the scriptures say that he “…became increasingly unfaithful in the time of his distress”.

Let us be sensitive to what God may be teaching us through the experiences He brings into our lives. Ahaz reigned 16yrs and unfortunately, he did not correct himself in spite of the troubles in his life. This is not the example for us.

Judges 2:14 – Beware the anger of the LORD….

Judges 2:14 “So the anger of the LORD was kindled against Israel, and he gave them over to plunderers, who plundered them. And he sold them into the hand of their surrounding enemies, so that they could no longer withstand their enemies.”

What a frightening judgement! The LORD is angry with Israel. And He displayed His anger by giving them over to their enemies. Why was the LORD angry? Judges 2:11 tells us that “..the people of Israel did what was evil in the sight of the LORD and served the Baals.” The LORD was provoked to anger by His people.

We need to immediately ask ourselves if we are knowingly or unknowingly committing any sin that will provoke the LORD’s anger. And if there is anything that we need to repent of, let us do so quickly by confessing and praying that we may be forgiven. Don’t let the situation deteriorate into one where the anger of the LORD is kindled against you. Repent before He hands you over to your enemies.

Is there hope of forgiveness for us? Absolutely! But you need to know that forgiveness comes only through Jesus Christ who paid the absolute penalty for the remission of our sins. God laid His wrath (that was meant for us) on Jesus when He was crucified on the Cross. This is God’s way of reconciling us to Himself. We can add nothing to this way of salvation provided by God. We have to simply come to Him with a sincere and contrite heart. This is grace, amazing Grace!