I have learned in my life not to take that which belongs to God and claim it for myself. This is why I never taken vengeance on anyone. I know God will avenge His elect on earth! He has proven this to me several times, and believe you me, God knows what He is doing when it comes to giving a man what he rightfully deserves.
God commanded His saints to turn the other cheek and not to take an eye for an eye. When we take vengeance, we are stealing from God. Vengeance belongs to God, not man. This is with respect to those who wrong us personally. Paul wrote: “Avenge not yourselves, beloved, but give place to the wrath of God: for it is written, Vengeance belongs to me; I will recompense, says the Lord” (Rom. 12:19). This passage, taken from Deuteronomy 32:35, teaches that we are not to take matters in our own hands. Even when crimes are committed against the State, men are not to take the law into their own hands. In Romans 13, Paul states that civil government is “a minister of God, an avenger of wrath to him that doeth evil” (v. 4). So, the punishment of the evil doer is God’s prerogative. Second, God will avenge his elect in his own time. When the wicked apparently prosper and the evil doer seems to be succeeding it is not easy to be patient; and, like the souls beneath the altar in Revelation 6:9, 10, we cry out: “How long . . . dost thou not judge and avenge. . . ?”
God said that He would avenge his elect “speedily” (Lk. 18:8). To us, and those in the Bible who asked for vengeance, it seems slow. But we need to understand that God delays his punishments because he is long suffering and wishes to save as many as possible (2 Pet. 3:9). Also, we must remember that what seems long to us in time is short to God. It is “speedy” to him because he does not count time as man does. “But forget not this one thing, beloved, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.” We can be assured that God will avenge his “elect” when he is ready, and when it is the proper time, he will move quickly. Quicker than a loaded gun, with the hammer pulled back and your finger on the trigger, pointed at the one who has done you wrong. Don’t steal the vengeance of God, lest His vengeance be turned upon you!