Proverbs 20:21-22

21 An inheritance claimed too soon

   will not be blessed at the end.

22 Do not say, “I’ll pay you back for this wrong!”

   Wait for the Lord, and he will avenge you.

 

 Expectations have a way of impairing gratitude, which often results in unhappiness. The person who expects a large inheritance, and plans accordingly, is much more disappointed if things don’t turn out than he is happy if they do. This principle extends to most areas of life. Give someone a gift when they expect it and you have only done your duty, fail to do so and they will be upset. There are many things beyond our control, but we each determine our own expectations. What impact have yours had on your happiness?

 

 “Do not say, ‘I’ll pay you back for this wrong!’ Wait for the Lord, and he will avenge you.” In the face of injustice it is tempting to take the seat of judgment, but we must remember that judgment belongs to the Lord. Regardless of intentions, the quickest way to become like Satan is to put yourself in the place of God. Only the Lord sees the whole picture, only he knows what each of us truly deserves. In our anger, the chances are that we will retaliate against injustice with more injustice, perpetuating a cycle that can last for generations. Whose responsibility is it to end a conflict? It is up to the wiser person, don’t let yourself be proven the fool.

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