He said to His disciples, “It is inevitable that stumbling blocks come, but woe to him through whom they come! It would be better for him if a millstone were hung around his neck and he were thrown into the sea, than that he would cause one of these little ones to stumble.
Jesus told His disciples that stumbles are inevitable. While we live in this world, there is always the possibility of failure, of being wrong, being deceived, being scammed, taking wrong decisions, receiving a stab in the back, being betrayed by someone we trusted, etc. We will have stumbles and many of them will come from sources outside ourselves.
But Jesus makes a serious warning to those who do stumble His little ones, children of God, i.e., to each of us, the answer of God to make us fall will be very hard, He promises true justice, He tells us that His is the revenge. Therefore, although we could fall our way, never feel afraid because God is with us always, in good times and in bad. No matter if received low blows, God is with us and settle accounts with who got us falling. It is not for us to take justice into our own hands.
I know nobody likes to have rocks in his path, rather we would like each of our roads is like a highway instead of a stony path. I also know how bad it feels when we have done our best to make things right; but someone went through on our way and got us falling. The natural reaction would be to want to rip the head to whom did us wrong; but that’s not what God expects us to do.
If at this time you read or hear this message you identify with that, let me say that I have often been betrayed, abused, cheated and made me fall into many traps. And I’m honest, right now there are also people who have outstanding bills me for it; but you know what, I have decided that I will not take the law into my own hands but I will believe what says Luke 17: 1-2.
There are people who do not know God’s character and displayed as being incapable of executing a punishment for His mercy endures forever and His love leads him to forgive. True that God is love and always give us opportunity to repent of our sins no matter what great they were and forgiveness is available. But do not abuse of His love and mercy because He is a righteous judge who will not leave the guilty unpunished and His power is infinite. Before repentance, God responds with forgiveness; but upon the challenge, His response is judgment. So who stumbles God’s children will face the wrath of the Father, which will be much more severe than anything we can do ourselves against our adversaries. God bless you.