“Hi, have you been helped?”
The pleasant voice came from behind me and as I turned, I was greeted by a young woman with raven black hair, adorned in a pullover shirt with the cell phone carrier’s logo.
“Yes, I’m here to pick up my new phone, I received a text that it arrived.”
“Certainly. I can assist you with that. I’m Nemesis. What’s your name?”
Wha…? “I’m sorry, did you say Nemesis?” My eyes were riveted to her name tag, confirming what she said.
She smiled, “Yes!”
“Wow! That catches your attention!” I flashed a wry smile. “And are you?”
She smiled. “Oh yes!”
Although there are numerous movies and comic characters that are named Nemesis, this was the first person I ever met with this conversation starting name. Interestingly, although Nemesis usually labels an incessant rival or evil antagonist, the original meaning is not as dark. It originates from the Greek goddess of the same name. Her role was to “exact retribution against those who succumb to hubris, arrogance before the gods.” In other words, she was an instrument of justice and divine retribution.
Thankfully, my Nemesis was helpful and she made sure that I received the full value of my phone that I was trading in for a new one. She was, indeed, a Nemesis.
But the LORD shall endure forever; He has prepared His throne for judgment. He shall judge the world in righteousness, and He shall administer judgment for the peoples in uprightness. The LORD also will be a refuge for the oppressed, a refuge in times of trouble. And those who know Your name will put their trust in You; for You, LORD, have not forsaken those who seek You.
Psalms 9:7-10 (NKJV)
It is not surprising that many myths and legends of the ancient world echo the Truth of God. After Adam and Eve sinned and were ejected from the Garden of Eden, their progeny populated the world. Unfortunately, their sinful nature also propagated and continued to rebel against God, our Creator. Their memory of God faded, replaced with mythological gods and creatures, like Nemesis, that occasionally embody some of God’s noble character.
God is patient and does not desire for anyone to perish but all to come to Him through our own free will and repent of our sins and seek forgiveness through belief and faith in His Son, Jesus Christ. If we reject this offer of salvation and eternal life, God will exact His holy justice and allow us to choose hubris and eternal separation from Him.
God is love. God is also holy and He cannot act against His righteous nature. The Bible reminds all of us that God never forsakes those who truly seek Him.
Love and trust the Lord; seek His will in your life.