There is an English movie called, “The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner.”
It is the story of a young man in school. Motivated by his headmaster, whom he thought was his friend, the youth gave his all to be the best on the track team.
Through discipline and hard work, he improves dramatically, and soon is considered one of England’s greatest runners.
Shortly before one of his most important races, the headmaster, who was his trainer, and supposedly his most loyal friend, betrays him.
When it came time for the big race, the young man ran away from the other participants, taking a large lead. As he came close to the wire, where he would have easily won, he suddenly stopped, put his arms across his chest, and stood there as the other runners ran past him to victory.
Due to a spirit of revenge, he had deliberately chosen to fail. In the movie, he looks at the headmaster, and glares with rage as he says, “I got even with you!”
Proverbs 20:22 admonishes, “Don’t say, ‘I’ll pay you back for the wrong you did.’ Wait for the Lord, and He will make things right.” It costs more to avenge injuries than to endure them.
“He that studies revenge keeps his wounds open.”
As we live in this world, we can expect injuries, insults, and unjust treatment, because we live among evil. We must refer ourselves to God, leave things to Him to vindicate us, and allow Him to settle with those who have wronged us, in His own way and time.
Warning: “Before you embark on a journey of revenge, dig two graves.”
Pastor David Arnold
Gulf Coast Worship Center