Mt Wellington Community Church


Life can be difficult, confusing and just downright annoying. Fortunately for us, when we struggle with the difficulty of life, we are also surrounded by our all loving God, and the great sacrifice Jesus made allows us to have a deeper relationship with Him.

I remember being new to the whole 'Christian' thing, in the not too distant past, and thinking that once I gave myself to the Lord, everything would be sunshine and rainbows. It didn't take long for me to realise that life would still be difficult. With the continuation of struggles and strife, I was advised that now I had accepted God, I would always have someone to ask for counsel. 'Yussss,' I remember thinking, 'Life will still be hard, but I can now get 'the answers' and I will know what to do!'.

Still relatively new, I asked God for guidance for my most pressing issue of the time; what do I do when I feel have been wronged? I was given the answer in the form of Romans 12:19:

Do not take revenge, my dear friends, but leave room for God's wrath, for it is written: "It is mine to avenge; I will repay," says the Lord.

I wasn't surprised by this message, but I also remember feeling a little annoyed that following Him meant I was challenged to do nothing.

How do I feel about it now?

Now, I find comfort in knowing God has my life in His hands. I don't know in what form God avenged the situation, but I know I have learnt more about myself and Him through it. God's answers us, in ways we understand, don't understand, like, don't like, expect and don't expect. Sometimes the hardest part is accepting the answer we are given, or the answer that is withheld for our benefit, and humbling ourselves through complete trust. I can honestly say I am not quite there all of the time, but I want to be.