‘Vengeance is Mine, and retribution,
In due time their foot will slip;
For the day of their calamity is near,
And the impending things are hastening upon them.’
This statement is nestled in the midst of The Song of Moses. Moses teaches this song to Israel as directed by God. This song is more or less a history and future history of Israel. In it, God explains where Israel came from and where Israel will go. This song contains a couple statements that are echoed by NT writers, namely “I will make them jealous with those who are not a people” and “Vengeance is Mine.”
The thought behind this particular verse is that the nations that God uses to discipline Israel will get all full of themselves and think that they were the ones who defeated Israel when it was God’s doing all the time. When that happens; when those nations get a big head, God is the One Who will exact vengeance.
So what does this have to do with me?
The principle that God is keeping tabs on things and that time is always running out (since time is never being added back, except for one or two instances recorded in scripture) lends itself to two bits of application.
One, since vengeance belongs to God and time is running out, I don’t need to think about how others wrong me. If the wrong is worth doing anything about, then God has it handled. If not, then I’m better off letting it go anyway, as God Himself doesn’t think it worthwhile. I’m not sure there’s a great lot of the latter (things about which God is unconcerned), but they could exist and I need to leave room for them. God is going to repay us all. Those of us under grace will be repaid for those things done while walking in the grace of God. Those of us not under grace will be repaid for things done under The Law. Which segues nicely into the second application.
Two, since the impending things are hastening upon folks and God’s vengeance is coming, I need to look for opportunities to tell people about their alternative. Judgment is a given, but grace is the alternative. I admit, I’m not so great about talking to people; not much of an evangelist. But God is able to use even such as me to expound His grace to those who are under condemnation.
In summary, I need to (as the recently popular Disney film soundtrack ear-wormed us) let it go and let others know about the grace of God that is offered to any and all who want it.