Rushing To Wait
"Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good." Romans 12:21
I recently shared this verse in a Freedom That Lasts message and like a scripture boomerang, it came back to me only 12 hours later. We had a great night at FTL, and were trying to wrap up earlier than usual as we had a very early flight the next morning and had not yet packed.
Needless to say, we did not get much sleep that night and we limped our way to the airport with bags under our eyes that rivaled the ones we checked in. We had a full day of flying with a connection in Texas before heading our final destination in Tennessee. We made our flight and everything was working well, but lack of sleep and long flights can deprive one of spiritual reasoning and logic. We finally arrived at our destination and were getting ready to exit the plane when the sanctification “pop quiz” came.
The plane slowed to a stop and everyone instantly got out of their seats to retrieve their luggage in the overhead compartments. I am usually annoyed by this as we know it will be some time before the flight attendants open the door to let everyone out. I did not let the group bother me, but there was a man who was seated in the row behind me who got his luggage and then proceeded to block our aisle. I knew this was my pop quiz, but my flesh was trying to override the right answer as I wanted to stand up and block him from proceeding forward. I imagined challenging him a little bit as I felt he was encroaching on our personal plane space. As I enjoyed my daydream, this verse from the previous night entered my mind, and my anger quickly dissipated and I sat back down comfortably in my seat. I no longer let it bother me, and with God’s grace, I passed my pop quiz with flying colors.
The funny thing is, this man waited for us when it was our turn to exit our row, and he was patient in allowing us to grab our bags and get off the plane. He was actually nice and I gave him a friendly nod as we left the plane. I was thankful for the truth of God's Word, and I was grateful that the Holy Spirit brought this verse to my mind. My initial thoughts were vengeance as I sought to protect my personal space, but I was reminded to overcome evil with good. I know this is a silly example, but it sometimes takes only the littlest thing to throw us off our spiritual game and for us to desire to get even. We forget what Paul reminds us in Romans 12:19, "Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord."
How are you doing in these pop quiz situations? Do you immediately desire to get even or are you willing to take the high road? Do you honor God with how you respond when others mistreat you? Do you seek to get even or do you take the opportunity to see why God has allowed this in your life? Do you seek His honor and glory in the situation, or are you focused only on getting revenge? May we commit this verse to memory, and may we apply the verse liberally when tempted to avenge ourselves.
Stay in the fight!