The God of Recompense
“Because the spoiler is come upon her, even upon Babylon, and her mighty men are taken, every one of their bows is broken: for the LORD God of recompences shall surely requite.”
God’s Word says, “Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.” (Galatians 6:7) The laws of sowing and reaping cannot be avoided. If you live your life doing right, you will reap the benefits and blessings of righteousness. If you live your life sowing the seeds of your wild oats, you can be guaranteed to reap the harvest of heartbreak and sorrow. It doesn’t matter who you are, who you know, or how influential or powerful you may be; you cannot break the laws of sowing and reaping.
In the verse above, God reminds the believer that He is a God of recompense. God says in His judgment to Babylon, “…for the LORD God of recompences shall surely requite.” It did not matter to God that Babylon was the most powerful nation on the Earth at that time, He still had the power to recompense them for their evil deeds to His people. This was reinforced by that fact that the Scriptures said, “…for the LORD God…” God used every part of His being and power to show Babylon that He was very capable of recompensing them for their deeds; and He did.
The word “recompences” in the verse above carries a couple of definitions that helps the believer to understand what God will and can do for them. First, it means to return an equivalent for any thing given, done or suffered. Second, it means to reward or compensate for any services or actions performed. There are three thoughts that this word should bring to remembrance to the believer.
First, God will recompense the heathen for their wicked acts against God and the believer. You may think that the world is getting away with their sin, but the verse above makes it very clear that God will recompense them for what they do to His people. My friend, it may seem that the world is getting away with their wicked living, but you can be assured that God will recompense them. They may enjoy their wickedness for a season, but God will recompense them for what they have done. You must not live in despair about the wicked getting away with their wickedness, for God will recompense them for their evil deeds.
Second, God will recompense the believer for their service to Him. You may think that what you do for the LORD is not being rewarded, but you must understand that God will recompense you in His time. Too many believers quit before the time of recompense is rewarded. Never allow impatience to cause you to stop being patient with God’s promise to recompense you for doing right. God is a debtor to no man, and He will recompense you for doing right if you will wait until He chooses to reward you for doing right.
Third, God will recompense you for your proper treatment of others. Let me encourage the spouse who is becoming impatient with their spouse to continue doing right because God will recompense you. Let me encourage the child to keep doing right in spite of your parent’s treatment of you because God will recompense you. My friend, God will recompense you for doing right in whatever relationship you have tried to be right in with no seeming change in the other person. Don’t give up; God is a God of recompense.