May 24th, 2021
Wildfire: The Revenge of Samson
By: Chapman Bean
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Revelation 22:12-13 “Look, I am coming soon, bringing my reward with me to repay all people according to their deeds. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End.” (NLT)

It was the bottom of the ninth on a beautiful fall day in Cincinnati, and the smell of peanuts and hot dogs filled the air. Dad and I had driven up late and missed the first couple of innings, but we were on the edge of our seats as we watched the Reds battle for the win. If you’ve been to Great American Ballpark, you know the excitement and buzz after a big Reds win. Wins have been simply hard to come by for us Reds fans over the past twenty years. However, my man, my childhood hero, “The Mayor” Sean Casey was up to bat with a man on third. As a kid in Junior League, games like this are what dreams are made of. A couple of pitches into his at-bat, and CRACK! Sean Casey rips a walk-off single into right. Everything felt right in the world leaving Great American that night. 

There’s nothing better than a last second shot, hit, or touchdown to beat the team you despise—just ask all of the Duke fans in the world. It’s a great feeling to get revenge in sports, but is exacting revenge on others what the followers of Jesus are called to? Absolutely not. I love that the final chapter of the Bible is a reminder to us that our just God is coming back. For those of us who seek justice in every circumstance, let me remind us that our job on Earth is to love each person, seeing them as made in the image of God. Does that mean we shouldn’t pursue justice? NO! Does it mean that we shouldn’t pursue revenge? YES.

When we have an eternal perspective, we can rest well knowing that God is in control and that He will soon right every wrong.

Spend a few moments reflecting on any resentment, bitterness, or grudge that you are holding towards someone. Pray specifically for God’s help in trusting that He is going to right every wrong.

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