It’s Not Karma

S (Scripture) – Psalm 7:14-16

Behold, he [unrepentant man] travails with wickedness,
And he conceives mischief and brings forth falsehood.
He has dug a pit and hollowed it out,
And has fallen into the hole which he made.
His mischief will return upon his own head,
And his violence will descend upon his own pate.” NASB

“The wicked conceive evil;
    they are pregnant with trouble
    and give birth to lies.
They dig a deep pit to trap others,
    then fall into it themselves.
The trouble they make for others backfires on them.
    The violence they plan falls on their own heads.” NLT

O (Observation) – Lord, the verses surrounding these are cries of help from King David as he pleaded with You to rescue him from his enemies – he declared that You “judge the peoples” and asked You to “vindicate him according to his righteousness and intregrity that was in him.”  He declared that You are a “righteous judge.”  And You are.  There are so many people today that believe in the concept of “karma,” and that “what goes around, comes around.”  While the premise is accurate, it’s not because the nebulous universe around us somehow keeps the score even between humans.  It’s because the God of the universe “tries the hearts and minds” and “saves the upright in heart (v. 9-10).”

A (Application) – If we feel that we have been cheated, taken advantage of, or harmed in any way, may we not throw our hands up in disgust and hope that somehow the universe will teach that person a lesson in the future.  Instead, let us cry out to You and tell You how we feel.  We should always pray for our enemies that they may come to a knowledge of the truth and repent from their evil ways – that is always best.  If the person is unrepentant and continues to practice evil, then we need to leave the judgement up to You.  Nothing is a surprise to You, and You know the hearts of each person – deal with those that are wicked in Your own way and in Your own time.  We need to be concerned with making sure our hearts are not focused on the misdeeds of others and instead guarding our hearts from any bitterness or resentment that may attempt to take root.

P (Prayer) – Heavenly Father, You know every injustice that has ever been committed, You know every thought of every person who ever has and who ever will exist.  Help us to trust that You are indeed the perfect judge.  You can be trusted, and we need to relinquish our desire to judge others for their evil deeds.  We have a right to be angry – righteous anger is something that You experience when You see the atrocities committed every day.  We need to leave the judgement only to You.


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