Slightly Obsessed #207: The Real Avenger by Pamela Thorson on 2018-01-24 09:40:40
“Never pay back evil for evil to anyone. Respect what is right in the sight of all men. If possible, so far as it depends on you, be at peace with all men. Never take your own revenge, beloved, but leave room for the wrath of God, for it is written, ‘VENGEANCE IS MINE, I WILL REPAY,’ says the Lord.”
I had just given my last name to the person on the other end of the phone line. He paused before asking, “Are you Japanese?”
I had to chuckle. No, I’m not Japanese. My maiden name is East European, a distinctly ethnic and confounding mix of letters that caused endless confusion for others as I grew up. I was proud of my name, because my father was a local celebrity and a well-respected figure in the community. But when I married my Scandinavian husband, taking on the name Thorson was a relief of sorts. It was so much easier to pronounce and spell.
Now, with the current cultural fascination with mythical gods, our last name has become cool. The Thor of recent movie fame is handsome and strong. He rights wrongs. He’s the guy you want to have on your side.
Like the other superheroes of myth, he’s also prone to eccentricities and faults. That’s because he’s a figment of human imagination. Thor is an idol, a god made in our own image. We can’t construct a perfect deity, because we don’t understand perfection. We don’t comprehend unconditional love. We can’t fathom pure justice.
That’s why, contrary to the claims of secularists, the real God is not an institution of the human mind. He’s so high above us, so powerful and righteous and holy, we can’t even begin to construct such a God. All our study of His creation, His Word, and His story can give us only a murky vignette of His glory. It will only be when we stand before His throne that we will fully understand.
Until then, we must accept His wisdom and leading by faith. We must trust Him when life gets hard. We must remember, when we see brokenness all around us, that He will make all things right. One day He will avenge all wrongs, dry every tear, and deliver the afflicted. He never acts out of evil motives. He is jealous with a godly jealousy for His beloved and fiercely protects His own.
People used to actually believe in false deities represented by the Avenger movies. But who wants to trust in a myth, when the real Avenger is at the door?
“A jealous and avenging God is the LORD;
The LORD is avenging and wrathful.
The LORD takes vengeance on His adversaries,
And He reserves wrath for His enemies.”
About Pamela Thorson:
Pamela Thorson is a licensed practical nurse, author, and full-time caregiver. She pioneered in the homeschooling movement from 1982-2006 and authored her first book, Song in the Night, in 2008. Her second book, Out from the Shadows: 31 Devotions for the Weary Caregiver, released in 2014. She resides in the Northwest with her family.
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