“Fiercely opposed to our message, he caused no end of trouble. God will give him what he has coming.” 2 Timothy 4:15
One of my bosses while working as a church secretary came out of retirement to fill the role of interim pastor while the senior pastor went on sabbatical. Clint was 76 at the time and told me some times he was a curmudgeon. I didn’t know what that meant. He told me a curmudgeon is someone (perhaps an older guy) who is short of patience, somewhat snarly, or out of sorts. He said, “When someone in the congregation acts out, I am quick to say, ‘God will give him what he has coming.’” I didn’t realize he was quoting scripture. I never saw Clint as a curmudgeon, more like a teddy bear wearing a cross and carrying a Bible.
I think some people enjoy being a curmudgeon—they look for reasons to seem tough. One of my uncles was like that. He had been an officer in World War II and saw combat in Europe. I’m guessing he saw a lot of action that may have turned him into a snarly guy. One day I had a one-on-one conversation with Uncle Walt and discovered he had a nice soft side.
God’s role is to be the judge. Mine is to accept that I can’t change anyone and let God “give him what he has coming.”
Lord, soften the hearts of all the curmudgeons in the world. Amen.