Bringing Joy to the Righteous

Yael Eckstein  |  February 18, 2022

When justice is done, it brings joy to the righteous
    but terror to evildoers. —
Proverbs 21:15

We continue with devotional thoughts from the Book of Proverbs every Friday. One of the 11 books in the Torah known as the Ketuvim, Hebrew for “writings,” Proverbs is part of the “wisdom tradition,” which also includes Job and Ecclesiastes.

One of the constant struggles that Israel faces is the struggle for truth. The enemies of Israel spread lies and accusations about us that are the opposite of the truth. For example, whenever Israel retaliates against rocket attacks from terrorists in Gaza, our enemies accuse us of targeting civilians. The truth is that the terrorist attacks on us target our civilian population, and the Israeli army goes out of its way to avoid civilian casualties on the other side.

As someone born and raised in the United States, it was very painful when, in May of 2021, Israel was under attack and many prominent voices in the U.S. Congress and media were blaming Israel for the attacks. But there is a difference now when these lies and attacks that demonize the Jewish people are launched.

Today, we have millions of Christians who are vocal supporters of our nation and the Jewish people. That is something that we did not have over the centuries of our exile. Christians worldwide who recognize and spread the truth about Israel give us the strength to face the false accusations that are thrown our way and to keep fighting against our enemies.

Bringing Joy to the Righteous

Proverbs teaches that “When justice is done, it brings joy to the righteous but terror to evildoers.” Justice is the practical application of truth. The righteous, those who are aligned with God’s truth, want nothing more than the victory of good over evil, of truth over falsehood.

When justice is served, there is a sense that good has prevailed. With each victory of good over evil, there is a feeling that we are one step closer to God’s kingdom on earth, bringing joy to the righteous. The public defense of Israel against false accusations brings justice to light. When these truths are shared widely by the friends of Israel worldwide, we know that we are not alone.

Christian support for Israel when we are under attack from lies and evil terrorists who want to destroy us brings confidence to our nation. This confidence directly contributes to the defeat of our enemies and “brings joy to the righteous”!

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