Today we’re looking at the wisdom of God’s Word, as well as the grave importance of choosing to be on God’s side at all times.
Do not envy the oppressor, and choose none of his ways . . . (Pro 3:31 NKJV)
An oppressor is also known as a “man of mischief”—a person who is an evildoer and who is destined to reap the eternal harvest of his wickedness. That harvest of wickedness often begins to unfold while the oppressor is still on earth.
Do not be envious of evil men, nor desire to be with them . . . (Pro 24:1 NKJV)
This verse warns us all to recognize that there’s nothing whatsoever to envy in those who are evil. At times when evil men seem to succeed, we may become jealous of them, and then want to be with them. The type of evil this proverb is discussing is associated with troublemaking and violence. The Lord knows the end from the beginning, and He knows what torment awaits these cruel people.
If you see the oppression of the poor, and the violent perversion of justice and righteousness in a province, do not marvel at the matter; for high official watches over high official, and higher officials are over them. (Eccl 5:8 NKJV)
In this verse, we are told not to marvel over the fact that in a certain province [district, municipality, county, or state] there is a person or people in authority who practice violent perverting of judgment and justice, and who oppress the poor under rule of law, backed with power.
God is higher than the highest of officials. God has set other people in higher levels of authority who oversee the province where evil is being done. If those higher officials do nothing to correct the situation, rest assured that God wields his own hierarchy of power.
There is a realm of angels who are employed by divine justice to protect the injured and to punish those responsible for harming the poor. Our Supreme God in heaven demands that oppressors answer to Him. And they will certainly do so, and they will not escape God’s judgment. So in all of your trials and tribulations, trust the Lord to rescue and to deliver you. God bless you.