Three years ago there was a trend in Las Vegas for employees to hold back on paying their workers. That’s serious business with God. He doesn’t like it when His children don’t get paid what they’re owed. But the Lord waits for us to ask Him, as our loving Father, to rise up to His full power to avenge us. He doesn’t just do it automatically.
We have to first know what the will of God is, and what the Bible says about the situation, to be able to call down what’s rightfully ours. James 5:4 says: “Behold, the hire of the labourers who have reaped down your fields, which is of you kept back by fraud, crieth: and the cries of them which have reaped are entered into the ears of the Lord of Sabaoth.” In other words, the money (hire) is crying out, trying to get to the workers and the people are crying out to get their money.
The Lord of Sabaoth (Greek for “Lord of Hosts”) hears and rises up from His throne ready to take action for us. Many times when the Bible talks about the Lord of Sabaoth or the Lord of Hosts, it’s God in His anger and wrath against the evils done to His people. It’s not a pretty thing when the Lord of Hosts is smoking furious!
Psalm 18 gives us the picture of what happens. David cried out in his distress and it says the earth shook and trembled and even the foundations were shaken because God was so angry. “There went smoke out of his nostrils and the fire out of His mouth.” Usually we see God sitting on His throne, but not in this case: “He bent the heavens and came down with thunder and hail and fire” (vv. 9 and 13).
Romans 9:29 tells us it was the Lord of Sabaoth, the Lord of Hosts, who was behind the annihilation of Sodom and Gomorrah. If it wasn’t for God’s mercy no one would have been left alive. Psalm 46:7 says the Lord of Hosts “uttered his voice, the earth melted.” Psalm 24:8 tells us the Lord of Hosts is strong and mighty in battle.
No one wants to get in the way when the Lord of Hosts is teed off. When people consciously do wrong or are disobedient to God’s will, they’re walking on a dangerous mine field and will definitely get explosive results, either immediately or down the line.
In the Old Testament Law, people were supposed to be paid on the day they worked. Leviticus 19:13 says: “Thou shalt not defraud thy neighbor, neither rob him: the wages of him that is hired shall not abide with thee all night until the morning.” What a worker was to be paid wasn’t even supposed to be held back overnight!
Deuteronomy 24:15 says: “At his day thou shalt give him his hire, neither shall the sun go down upon it; for he is poor and setteth his heart upon it: lest he cry against thee unto the Lord, and it be sin unto thee.”
And Jeremiah says: “Woe unto him that useth his neighbour’s service without wages, and giveth him not for his work” (Jer 22:13).
These days we usually don’t get paid on the day we work, but whatever the agreement is, whether weekly, bi-weekly or otherwise, it needs to be adhered to. If not, we have a perfect right to get the Lord of Hosts involved. And if we are the employers, we need to heed what the Word of God says about paying for services rendered.
My friend, Kathy, was promised her money on Wednesday or Thursday of the week we worked. She didn’t get it. On Friday I told her about the Lord of Sabaoth and she immediately said: “Lord of Sabaoth come down and get Johnson to pay me.” Within the hour she got a portion of her money, but not all of it, not what she was promised. I’m not sure if she ever got the whole amount, but I sure hope so, for Johnson’s sake.
When something like this happens we have to exercise our faith to get our money. Faith in what? Faith in the scriptures, that the Lord of Hosts will go after our money and get it to us. If you don’t know these scriptures that I’ve included here, then take them down and start saying them out loud until you believe and trust them.
Psalm 84:12 says: “O Lord of hosts, blessed is the man that trusteth in thee.”
We have to trust in the Lord of Hosts, that He will do what He says He will do. Then we lock onto our money like a stealth missile and we pull it in. We follow any other instructions the Holy Spirit gives us as far as affirmative action we may need to take. I’ve been in this position a number of times and each time the action I had to take was uncomfortable but I did it anyway and every time it worked out and I got my money.
When we pray and claim these scriptures, the Lord of Hosts will put so much pressure on the person, they will probably want to pay us as fast as possible to get the pressure off. We keep the pressure on with faith latched onto our money like a pit bull. We do any corresponding Holy Spirit-inspired action. We can also pray for and loose angels on our behalf to facilitate what the scriptures promise—in this case, our rightful pay. We don’t let up.
But if our clients or bosses stay stubborn and stupid, the consequences will come. Isaiah 1 (vv. 24, 28 and 29) say if they don’t do what’s right they’re going to be consumed. Where they were strong like an oak tree, they’ll start to fade and lose things and life. They’ll be like a garden without water. My sunflowers would die in two days if I didn’t water them daily.
Believe me, clients and bosses would rather pay than suffer the consequences of holding out on the Lord of Sabaoth!
I hope you will take this message to heart and share it so that both Christian employers and employees get the blessing God wants them to have.
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