Christianity 401: Pray for Vindication
Let’s continue to look more closely at vengeance. We’ve learned that vengeance belongs to God (Romans 12:19). And only to God. It is His possession. It is His to deliver. And He will do so justly when we obediently leave it to Him. When we release vengeance to the Lord, we’re able to pray for our own vindication with pure motives. By definition, vindication means “the action of clearing someone from blame.” Or, “to clear from censure or doubt, by means of demonstration.” Through prayer, we release our offender to God. We surrender the ones who hurt us to the Lord. We trust God to avenge us in His way, in His timing, and for His purposes. And we pray continuously for God to bring about our own vindication. In Luke 18:1-8, Jesus uses a parable to illustrate this very point. He tells a story of a widow who consistently pleads to a corrupt judge for justice against her adversary. Finally, because of her persistence - not the judge’s moral standards - the judge sees to it that justice is served. Jesus then says this: “And will not God give justice to his elect, who cry to him day and night? Will he delay long over them? I tell you, he will give justice to them speedily” (Luke 18:7-8). God is not an evil judge, but a loving Daddy. And when we cling to our faith, knowing Daddy’s great love for us, we can trust that He will answer our prayers for vindication “speedily.” Why? Because He promised us He would. And that’s the nature of a kind, gracious, loving Daddy in heaven. When Jesus returns, He wants to find faith on earth. Do you need vindication today? Keep trusting in Daddy. Believe that He will vindicate you. God will. He promised to do so.