Monday, February 22, 2016

Proverbs 22:22-23 -- On Oppression and Spoil

"Rob not the poor, because he is poor: neither oppress the afflicted in the gate:
For the Lord will plead their cause, and spoil the soul of those that spoiled them."
Proverbs 22:22-23

I really like this because it reminds us that even when we think that no one is watching out for us, God is.  He's pleading our cause, and punishing people who take advantage of us when we are in bad situations.  I also really like it because I think it means that we don't have to live with hatred and resentment for "the system" or "the man" or whoever.  God is taking care of it.  Not, of course, that we shouldn't jump in and change the system for the better if we have the opportunity.  Only that, even if it stays the same, God is still fighting for us.
Today, let's leave the revenge to God, and let's also make sure that on our daily walk we aren't becoming the oppressors or the spoilers.  Let's give, and love, and lift, making sure that we are helping God rather than hindering his work.

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