Proverbs 3: King James Bible
Oppressors and the Froward – Daily Devotion of Proverbs chapter three, Verses 31-32
31 Envy thou not the oppressor, and choose none of his ways. 32 For the froward is abomination to the Lord: but his secret is with the righteous.
Daily Inspiration from These Verses
The oppressors are they who –
- To keep down by severe and unjust use of force or authority
- To cause to feel worried or depressed
- To overwhelm or crush
The froward are those who are –
- Willfully contrary
- Not easily managed
There are four different directions that oppression can take. Spiritually, emotionally, physically, and mentally. The ladder three humans are capable of using to oppress others. But our adversary and his demonic henchmen are capable of using all four in order to oppress people.
The Father has given us all that we need against our unseen adversaries, and he gives us methods by which to overcome the human element of oppression.
A few of those methods are:
- Walk by faith, not by sight
- Live unto Christ as your flesh crucified
- Renewal of the mind by the washing of the Word of God
- Keeping your spirit well fed with God’s Word
- Fearing not who can kill the body, but rather he who can kill both the body and soul in hell
- Resting all your burdens on the shoulders of Christ
- Looking always to Christ, the Author and Finisher of our faith
- Setting our minds with the things that are above
There are many more methods that the Lord gives us, all of which are found throughout the Bible. If the oppressor has no power over your life, how is it that they are able to oppress? This is yet another reason to keep the Father first and foremost in our day to day life.
Why would we envy an oppressor? Power, wealth, social standing, being feared instead of fearing others, pride? Which among those reasons sounds like being more like Christ and less like the world? None of them.
As far as the froward go, who is the Lord speaking about? Since the Father is the source, I’d say that he’s talking about those who are froward toward him. Froward meaning “willingly opposed” or “not easily managed.”
Considering that the Father seeks willing participants instead of slave laborers, who labor from love and trust in Him instead of fear of physical harm, I’d consider this verse is speaking to the Lord’s opinion of the willingly ignorant.
Related New Testament Scripture
Acts 10: King James Bible
38 How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him.
James 2: King James Bible
6 But ye have despised the poor. Do not rich men oppress you, and draw you before the judgment seats?
2 Peter 3: King James Bible
5 For this they willingly are ignorant of, that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of the water and in the water:
As we learn more of you, and receive these lessons that you provide us through your Word, please cleans us of all unrighteousness, and cause for us to have a fresh and wonderful insight into your secret that you’ve spoken of in your Word. Make plain to us who are yours, all of the mysteries of the Kingdom of Heaven, and keep us from the oppressors, in Jesus name we pray.
Have you ever found yourself in the position of actually being the oppressor, or being the froward?