8 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.
(Ecclesiastes 5:8, New King James Version)
Oppression of the Poor
In our day, do we see the oppression of the poor? Do we see violent perversion of justice? Yes, we see both, especially in reference to the greed of the rich. A few dollars filtered here and there, and righteous laws are perverted or overlooked.
As a matter of fact, we see this so often, that we almost expect it. Day after day we see the wickedness of this world increase so that we hardly wonder if there are any righteous left. Is it really any worse in our day than in the day of Solomon? Probably not! This is exactly what Solomon is addressing.
In can be very discouraging, can it not, when we are raising families to be good law abiding citizens? Yet, we are not to be discouraged. Why is that? Solomon reminds us that high officials watch over high officials, and higher officials are over them. Where does this end? The highest official in the land is still under the righteous hand of the greatest official of all, the Lord God of heaven and earth.
As Christians, we need to take comfort in that. Though it may seem as though this world is on a fast track to self destruction, that self destruction will never come apart from the hand of God. If that is what God has determined for our earth, then, yes, it will come. If it is not what God has determined, however, then it will not come to pass.
Does that make it God's fault? Absolutely not! Though we do not understand the ways of God, we know that He does not always choose to stay the hand of the wicked. We also know that a final day of reckoning will come when all men and women will stand before the throne of God. Those who have been guilty of oppression of the poor will face the Highest Official of all!
So, do not despair, but praise God for His wondrous works among the children of men.
God Bless You,