“For the day of the LORD is near upon all the heathen: as thou hast done, it shall be done unto thee: thy reward shall return upon thine own head.”
The old proverb, “The chickens are coming home to roost” is truer than many would like to believe. You often hear people say, “What goes around comes around.” Both of these proverbs are very true. How you treat others is often how others will treat you in the future.
The verse above says, “…as thou hast done, it shall be done unto thee: thy reward shall return upon thine own head.” This verse is the judgment against Edom because of his treatment of Jacob. God reminded Edom that Jacob, or Israel, was his brother. God’s rebuke of Edom was because he stood in judgment against Israel when they were taken captive. Edom rejoiced in the day of Israel’s calamity instead of weeping that they were taken captive. God was telling Edom that the chickens were coming home to roost. How he treated Jacob in the day of his calamity was exactly how he would be judged. Several lessons can be learned from this verse for which you would be wise to beware.
First, you should do right in spite of how others treat you. It doesn’t matter what someone else has done to you; you are always to do right to others. Another’s mistreatment of you doesn’t give you the right or permission to mistreat them. How you treat those who have mistreated you is a revelation of the spirituality and intents of your heart. If you mistreat others who have mistreated you, you are revealing that you have evil in your heart instead of good. Always remember that you are to do good to others in spite of what they have done to you. Doing good to others is not God’s command because they have done good to you, but His command to do right to others is a command that is to be obeyed in spite of how they treat you.
Second, how you treat others will eventually be how they treat you. Mark 4:24 says, “And he said unto them, Take heed what ye hear: with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you: and unto you that hear shall more be given.” Whatever measurement you use to treat others at different stages of their life is exactly how others will treat you when you find yourself in their stage. One of the reasons you should treat the elderly right and with respect is because one day you will be an elderly person. One reason you should treat the fallen properly and with dignity is because one day it could be you who has fallen in sin. One reason you should treat your enemy right and pray for them is because you could one day be the one who did another wrong. The measuring cup of treatment you have for others is the same measuring cup others will use to treat you when you find yourself in their situation.
Third, you are training the next generation how to treat you. One of the worst things that comes out of the mistreatment of others is that you are training those who follow you the wrong way to treat others. Always remember that you are training your children how to treat you when you get old by how you treat your elderly parents. It is a shame that many elderly parents are lonely and are not treated with respect by their children; however, those who mistreat them that way will one day see the chickens come home to roost. My friend, the chickens always come home to roost. You would be wise to make it your model to treat everyone right so that if you find yourself in their stead, you will be treated right.