“Yes, truth is gone, and anyone who renounces evil is attacked. The Lord looked and was displeased to find there was no justice. He was amazed to see that no one intervened to help the oppressed. So he himself stepped in to save them with his strong arm, and his justice sustained him.” 59:15-16
I like how things play out in these verses:
God believes the best in us and expects us to do what is right in his eyes. To his amazement and/or horror, we often don’t. So he steps in to save the oppressed himself.
God waits nearby, expecting us to defend people who are oppressed. But he doesn’t depend on it. He will step in and do it himself and, whoa, ya better watch out. There’s a “robe of vengeance” involved for those who harm.
Christ followers, we are called to these actions:
1. To defend truth and not bend towards worldly views.
2. Seek (God’s) justice.
3. To intervene when the oppressed are mistreated.
“No, O people, the Lord has told you what is good, and this is what he requires of you: to do what is right, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God.” Micah 6:8
Evaluate your life. Or even just the conversations you had with peers today. Do they reflect these pieces of Scripture?