The Lord of Hosts (Sabaoth) is used twice in the New Testament: Romans 9:29 (where it is a quote from Isaiah 1:9) and in James 5:4. In the Old Testament, this name of God is used the most frequently of all the names of God. It describes God as the Lord of armies, heavenly and earthly. It symbolizes protection for God’s remnant. It implies justice and defense of right.
We can have innate knowledge of justice because of the spirit of God that lives within us. We can sense injustice and foul play. Our response should be deferring to the wisdom of God as he knows all the ins and outs of what is going on and how it all works together. There are a lot of things we just don’t see. Things can be quite complicated and interwoven. God truly can sort it all out.
Have you ever been walking in the woods and found yourself in the midst of a garden of poison ivy. It is not an event that you should thrash your way out of or by stomping all over it to beat it down. This kind of dilemma requires thought and wisdom to effect minimal contact with the toxic leaves.
When our sense of justice is aroused, we must cling to the wisdom of God as our extractor. Our best line of defense is to do as Hannah did when she was dealing with a miserable environment. She prayed. The septuagint uses the Greek word ‘proseuche’ for prayer and it is a common word for prayer throughout the Word of God. ‘Pros’ refers to a ‘face to face’ encounter and ‘euche’ is a ‘speaking (out loud or in the mind) a desire’. The Greek word illustrates beautifully the remedy to any situation of oppression. We talk face to face with God.
6 Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer (proseuche) and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. 7 And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. 8 Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.
Today’s world is full of injustice. It rattles it saber at us all day long in one way or another. There are times we are called upon by God to deal with it (like I Samuel 17 and David) and there are times to wait (Hannah)and we do that in peace. Whether we act or wait, we fly snuggled under the wings of the Almighty for he is the Lord of Hosts.
Happy New Year!