Day 31 of the Meaning(less) Reading Plan

Ecclesiastes 5:8-9 If you see in a province the oppression of the poor and the violation of justice and righteousness, do not be amazed at the matter, for the high official is watched by a higher, and there are yet higher ones over them. But this is gain for a land in every way: a king committed to cultivated fields.

 Solomon goes out and watches how so many people are oppressing the poor. The poor were not getting a fair trial and the rich were using the poor for their own personal gain. Solomon was not surprised by these actions and in fact said that the matters should not amaze us.

How do we reconcile this as a follower of Jesus? What do we do with the powerless? Isaiah 1:17 says, “learn to do good; seek justice, correct oppression; bring justice to the fatherless, plead the widow’s cause.” This is a theme in the Bible for all believers and is an act of worship to God. In fact, Paul implores us in Colossians 3:17, “And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.” 

As believers we have an obligation to stand for the oppressed, poor, least and last. How many times have we gone through our “province” and witnessed the oppression of the poor and violation of justice and righteousness and did nothing about it? Our worship is meaningless when we put our hands in our pockets and walk by as if nothing is happening. However, our worship becomes meaningful when we storm the gates of hell on behalf of the powerless.

What can you do to help the powerless?

Good works are not the root of faith, but they are its fruit.” Charles H. Spurgeon

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