The Lord – The Saints “Avenger”

Octavius Winslow Imageby Octavius Winslow

“Because of the oppression of the weak and the groaning of the needy, I will now arise,” says the Lord. “I will protect them from those who malign them.” Psa 12:5

Never are the ungodly further from the mark–never committed to a mistake more suicidal and fatal than when they lay the hand of injustice and oppression upon the saints of the Most High! God is for them. He is the Avenger of all those who put their trust in Him–the widow and the fatherless–and those who touch them touch the apple of His eye. “If God is for us, who can be against us?” A simple missionary incident may illustrate this truth. A little band of missionaries in the Fiji Islands found their home, on one occasion, surrounded by a troop of armed savages, bent upon their destruction. Unable, as unwilling, to fight, they closed the door, and betook themselves to prayer. Presently, the war-whoop suddenly ceased. On opening the door they found only one savage there. “Where are your chiefs?” he was asked. “They are gone,” was the reply; “they heard you praying to your God, and they knew that your God was a strong God, and they left.” How true this testimony of the savages! The God of the Christians is a strong Lord. All that strength is on the side of His people. “For the eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show Himself STRONG in the behalf of those whose heart is perfect toward Him.” Consider, O my soul, this truth, that the Lord is the strength of His people and the Avenger of all who are oppressed, and will set them in a safe place from those who malign them.

by Octavius Winslow