Next Generation Thoughts
In our weekly staff meetings, we as a team, go through the Bible together. It is an incredible thing we do as a staff.
Currently, we are in the book of Proverbs. Recently, we were in chapter 22. As we read on, a couplet of two verses stuck out to me. In fact, they have been sticking out to me for some time now. It reads as follows:
- "Don't rob a poor personbecause he is poor,
and don't crush the oppressed
at the city gate,
For the Lord will
champion their cause
and will plunder those
who plunder them". (vv. 22-23)
What is happening here is that the "poor" and the "oppressed" can't protect their legal rights. So, they get trampled on by the rich and corrupt. The "city gate" happens to be a where a lot of traffic is going on, with people coming in and out. But the warning is clear: The Lord "will" fight for those who can't fight for themselves, while destroying those who are causing pain, hardship and evil.
Although some of you may not be fighting off the rich and corrupt, you still are fighting.
There is still something being robbed; your joy. There is something is still being crushed; your hope. You are still being oppressed by all the lies that come crashing down on you like a waterfall. Then, whatever hopeful perspective you had on tomorrow, is crushed.
Is that you right now?
If it is, I have good news for you; you don't have worry about the fight, it has already been fought and won. We have a Champion who holds the victory.
He is the same Champion who aided David and his mighty men, when fleeing from Saul and attempted to find refuge within the home of Nabal and Abigail. Nabal refused to help, while Abigail did help him. But the Lord championed David's cause. The Lord struck down Nabal so that David would not do evil (1 Samuel 25:39)
He is the same Champion who told His disciples, and ultimately us, to "take heart, for I have overcome the world." (John 16:33)
He is the same Champion that, when no one was found worthy enough to open the scroll in heaven, when all hope seemed lost, the "Lion of the tribe of Judah", one who had the appearance of "a lamb that was slain", came to the forefront, fresh from war, worthy enough to take the scroll. As He did, heaven roared in praise, because our Champion fought for us and won. (Revelation 5)
My hope and prayer today is, no matter what you are facing, no matter what hardships may attempt to sink you under, that you would always remember, you have a Champion who is willing to fight for you, and champion your cause.