O heedless ones! Though the wonders of My mercy have encompassed all created things, both visible and invisible, and though the revelations of My grace and bounty have permeated every atom of the universe, yet the rod with which I can chastise the wicked is grievous, and the fierceness of Mine anger against them terrible. (Bahá’u’lláh, Advent of Divine Justice, p. 68)
When I was first in touch with the rage I felt at being abused as a child, the issue of justice (and yes, even vengeance) was uppermost in my mind. Somehow I felt like I needed to bring those who hurt me to justice and at the same time, I was terrified to confront them. I didn’t believe there was anyone who would advocate on my behalf. I was happy to learn that God’s got my back. He can hold my anger so I can rest in His mercy and love. He can take care of the punishment and justice. I don’t have to.
This quote starts with a warning to the “heedless ones” and we could look at this two ways – as a warning to both the aggressors and their victims. If I hold on to my anger and rage, I will not be able to contribute to the betterment of the world. It’s more of us, trusting God, drawing closer to God, being obedient to God and His Covenant that will bring the world closer to peace. I can’t change the past, or make the perpetrator take responsibility for what he did, but I can soften my heart, develop some compassion for the chastisement that awaits him, forgive and let God take care of us both.
Knowing God will take care of the justice, I am grateful!
What jumped out for you as you read today’s meditation? I’d love it if you would share so we can all expand our knowledge of the Writings!
If you liked this meditation, you might also like my books: Letting Go of Anger and Bitterness