(Revenge of the Frog)
Poetic justice! We humans just love it! We can’t get enough of it. Books are written, movies made, comic strips illustrated—all depicting poetic justice. Deep inside each of us is this God-driven desire to see justice done. No one likes a bully (not even the bully!). We all cheer for the little guy. Take, for instance, David against Goliath. No one wanted to see Goliath win, except for his fellow bullies and maybe his mom. But, David, the skinny little kid? We were holding our breath, hoping against hope, that somehow God was going to see him through this! And, you know what, God did. God didn’t even break a sweat. David, on the otherhand, probably did, but he was still victorious.
What do David, a frog, and we have in common? We each have a giant, a tormentor, a messenger from Satan that makes our life difficult at times, and next to impossible at others. We each face nagging doubts that we are not big enough, fast enough, smart enough or good enough. Whisperings in our minds that we do not deserve to win, to be loved, maybe even to exist. Like darts aimed at our hearts poisoned with thoughts that we are weak, covered in warts and unworthy. Our obstacles—insurmountable. And on the sidelines (or directly in front of us) are the snickers, the head wagging, the smug laughter of our tormentor.
If we were alone we would indeed be defeated. But, thanks be to God, we are not alone. Like David, we have a powerful ally—someone who wants, above all else, for us to succeed. God has put everything on the line for each and every one of us. He has gone the distance and brought back the winner’s trophy for us to put on the mantle. He provides help when we are weary and hope when all seems lost.
The moral of the story? We will be victorious with the help of God! And like the frog, we will get the last laugh!
“May our Lord Jesus Christ himself and God our Father, who loved us and by his grace gave us eternal encouragement and good hope, encourage your hearts and strengthen you in every good deed and word.”
II. Thessalonians 2:16-17