Many are the foes who persecute me, but I have not turned from your statutes. (Ps. 119:157)
Betty had been married for twenty years when her husband announced that he’d been having an affair and was leaving her for a younger woman. He had run up their debt during that time, knowing that the courts would hold Betty responsible for at least half the amount. Before the dust had settled, Betty found a faith-based divorce recovery group so she wouldn’t have to go through the trauma alone. The judge clearly saw what Betty’s husband had done, and not only made him responsible for the entire debt he had generated, but also ordered him to pay Betty’s legal fees.
The psalmist understood there are hostile people in the world. Some of them seem to delight in creating suffering in the lives of others—perhaps because they are so miserable themselves. There is comfort in knowing that God has the wicked on a “leash” of sorts. While their behavior may be destructive, God sets the limits on what they can do.
If we are confident that the Lord will have the final word on all matters of injustice, then we are free to move on—and to forgive those who may cause significant losses in our lives. And whether we see justice in this age or in the age to come, we can be confident that the Lord will never desert us, no matter what happens.
Forgive the remorseless and unrepentant.
Doug Schmidt is a freelance writer and editor; he is also on staff with his church as the small-groups director.