Every middle school student can relate to the idea of revenge. In all actuality, we all want revenge when someone does something to us! The second night of Middle School Youth was devoted to the topic of revenge.

I talked about some scenarios and asked about the students’ opinions on how they would handle them. Oh yeah, they would get revenge. It’s a deep seated reaction in all of us as humans that we must enact revenge or the universe will somehow crumble. It’s this sense of justice inside of us, I believe, that we simply cannot let a bad thing go unpunished. And if an adult (or anyone for that matter) won’t take care of the situation, well then, I’ll take matters into my own hands!

David, Nabal and Abigail

The story we told is found in 1 Samuel 25, in which Nabal offends David, to which David responds by thundering to kill him, while Nabal’s wife, Abigail, intervenes and prevents David from an unnecessary kill. David cannot let stand that a man whom he had protected for a while was so dismissive of his request for payment in the form of provisions (food). Abigail, on the other hand, could not let God’s anointed kill out of revenge.

The main point I brought out was this:

Let God fight our battles for us

It is the most counter-intuitive thing to do because every fiber of our humanity feels as though we must right the wrong. But those who have faith in God, God asks us to exercise that faith by trusting that He will take care of righting the wrongs (in ways only He can do and way more effectively). Where the rubber meets the road is that we as followers of Christ often don’t believe that God will take of things better than we could do.

God doesn’t want us to take matters into our own hands. He wants us to have faith that He can take care of those things and we simply just don’t have to worry about them. Talk about peace. Can you imagine a world in which people actually believed that God would take care of things rather than humanity taking care of things? Wow. That might look a lot like God’s kind of kingdom rather than our own kind of kingdom.

Here are the slides I used to teach this lesson:

Here are the questions our small groups discussed after the teaching: Revenge SGL Questions [181kb, pdf]

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