by Rachel Harkins
While reading in Proverbs this morning, I couldn’t help but think of “The Boomerang Song” by Ron Hamilton (Patch the Pirate). The verses below, followed by the song lyrics, sound out a clear warning to those who target God’s children with their evil slander and schemes. Consider the following:
“His own iniquities shall take the wicked himself, and he shall be holden with the cords of his sins.” Proverbs 5:22
“The righteousness of the perfect shall direct his way: but the wicked shall fall by his own wickedness.” Proverbs 11:5
“The righteousness of the upright shall deliver them: but transgressors shall be taken intheir own naughtiness.” Proverbs 11:6
“As righteousness tendeth to life: so he that pursueth evil pursueth it to his own death.” Proverbs 11:19
“He that diligently seeketh good procureth favour: but he that seeketh mischief, it shall come unto him.” Proverbs 11:27
“The wicked is snared by the transgression of his lips: but the just shall come out of trouble.” Proverbs 12:13
“Whoso causeth the righteous to go astray in an evil way, he shall fall himself into his own pit: but the upright shall have good things in possession.” Proverbs 28:10
If/when we find ourselves on the receiving end of evil, remember Haman. Little did he know that the very gallows he so anxiously had built for Mordecai would be the very ones on which he was hanged.
“Then said Zeresh his wife and all his friends unto him, Let a gallows be made of fifty cubits high, and to morrow speak thou unto the king that Mordecai may be hanged thereon: then go thou in merrily with the king unto the banquet. And the thing pleased Haman; and he caused the gallows to be made.” Esther 5:14
Two Chapters Later –
“And Harbonah, one of the chamberlains, said before the king, Behold also, the gallows fifty cubits high, which Haman had made for Mordecai, who had spoken good for the king, standeth in the house of Haman. Then the king said, Hang him thereon. So they hanged Haman on the gallows that he had prepared for Mordecai…” Esther 7:9,10
Although, at one point, it looked as if Haman’s evil schemes to destroy Mordecai would be a success, the end result was Haman’s “boomerang of evil” coming back to visit him. The following chorus to the children’s song I mentioned is a good reminder of this truth…this “law of the boomerang”:
Oh the boomerang’s gonna come back, gonna come back, gonna come back to you
So be careful what you say, my friend, and be careful what you do.
If you go thru life giving out evil, you’ll get back evil too;
Cause the boomerang’s gonna come back, gonna come back, gonna come back to you!
We serve a just God and II Thessalonians 1:6 reminds us of His thoughts toward recompensing evil:
“…it is a righteous thing with God to recompense tribulation to them that trouble you;”
We need only to continue serving Him while relying on His sufficient grace. If vengeance is in order, leave it in God’s hands where it belongs.
“Say not thou, I will recompense evil; but wait on the LORD, and he shall save thee.” Proverbs 20:22
by Rachel Harkins
Original article can be found at http://www.inthineheart.com/2014/09/11/the-law-of-the-boomerang/