“Rejoice not when thine enemy falleth, and let not thine heart be glad when he stumbleth : Lest the LORD see it, and it displease [H]im, and [H]e turn away [H]is wrath from him. Fret not thyself because of evil men…” (proverb 24:17-19 a.)
Beloved, This is an admonish to be taken seriously. We are not suppose to have a heart that glories in the downfall of other persons. One who is Righteous and loves truth may be pleased when truth and goodness is validated through an acting of God but one who is righteous with Christ’s imputed righteousness is not to take joy at a fall of a person or an entity. The Scripture is clear, “the wrath of man worketh not the righteousness of God.”
In the Old Testament of Leviticus, which is still applicable to today’s world in many ways, teaches about the avenger of blood. If a person is killed and the killer runs the avenger of blood may make chase. The avenger of blood has taken the responsibility of finding and dispatching the murderer. However, the Scripture states that the avenger of blood may not take personal pleasure at the kill lest he become a murderer as well and is more guilty than the one he pursues as he should be a scourge of God’s righteousness and not the bloodthirsty man of revenge for the sake of revenge.
The title referenced above speaks to a parable of the Lord. It’s teaching is that one who builds one’s foundation upon the sand will see the destruction of the house he has built. The principle is that of ignoring Christ’s teaching’s on life will see a life destroyed when calamity manifests.
This past weekend there has been much news on the corruption in CNN, the media and Mrs. Clinton. While one may be please to see good validated and worldliness crumble like a house built upon sand we must be careful to keep our hearts in check. We must not be pleased to see corruption disintegrating an entity or a be proven right… no, we may be pleased to see good principles being upheld and deceit being proven faulty. We do not fight “our” enemies” but instead we fight God’s enemies or He does through us. It is a mindset one must have.
We must not take personal pleasure in the downfall of a person as it is a downfall of one who was made in God’s image but has been marred by sin. We must not fret or be overly concerned with the evildoers. Lest we become the focus of God’s anger because we should be pure in heart and peacemakers.
Let us seek the kingdom of God first and leave all the rest to Him.