Psalms 92-101

“The One who made the ear, can he not hear?
The One who formed the eye, can he not see?”
~Psalm 94:9

When we feel we are victims of oppression, it is reassuring to remember Jehovah God is not blind to our suffering.

“Who will rise up for me against the wicked?
Who will take a stand for me against the wrongdoers?
If Jehovah had not been my helper, I would soon have perished.
When I said: ‘My foot is slipping,’ Your loyal love, O Jehovah, kept supporting me.”
(Ps. 94:16-18)

Jehovah’s eye continues to watch over us and guard our steps like a loving father.
Even when we feel we are being attacked on several fronts, we can trust that He will eventually execute justice on our behalf (Ps. 94:21,23).

Ezra, chapters 1-5

“So they set the altar up on its former site, despite their fear of the peoples of the surrounding lands, and they began offering up burnt sacrifices to Jehovah on it […]”
~Ezra 3:3

When remnants of the tribe of Judah were sent back to their motherland to rebuild Jerusalem, it was not without opposition.
Their neighbors in Samaria, to the north, were particularly aggressive in their effort to stop the reconstruction (Ezra 4:1-6).
However, the Jews were ready to embrace their religious customs despite their fear.
We may have the legal right to practice our beliefs, but often we must do so in divided households or among neighbors who openly criticize us.
In other places, our brothers’ practices are openly being shut down by government entities.
God’s people have successfully faced religious oppression time after time, so it is possible to stand up to one’s fear of man and do what is right.