We know that the characteristics of God are love, joy, peace, grace, mercy, faithfulness, righteousness among many other traits. Among these traits include our God of justice and vengeance. There are many names of God which denotes some of his many characteristics. Jehovah Jireh refers to God being our provider. Jehovah Rapha speaks of our God who heals. Jehovah Elohim is the all powerful one who is the creator. Jehovah Nissi speaks of God being our banner. Throughout scripture the prophets would ascribe a name to God to represent what he had been to them.
In Exodus, the Israelites went into battle against the Amalekites. After they prevailed and defeated the army, God instructed Moses to write down the story as a memorial. In addition to writing about the victory, Moses built an altar and called it, The Lord is my banner. This was to demonstrate that forever, God would fight with the enemies of his people and prevail against them. We bear the mark of the Lord and every promise written in his word are covenant promises to us. As his children we call on him and acknowledge him as our banner, our Jehovah Nissi who never loses a battle.
We continue the contend in prayer like the woman in the parable of the persistent widow. Jesus told his disciples about a widow who continued to go to a judge to ask him to give her justice against her adversaries. The judge neither feared God nor man and initially refused to listen to the widow. “yet because this widow keeps bothering me, I will give her justice, so that she will not beat me down by her continual coming”(Luke 18:5). Jesus told his disciples that in the same way an unjust judge could acknowledge the pleas of a widow, will not God hear the cries of his elect who cry to him day and night. God will not delay, but arise speedily to come to our defence.
There are many answers that God provides to prayers. To some prayers, God will ask us to wait and for prayers that will not benefit us, God will say no. I believe that on the matter of justice, God always avenges and his justice is swift. “Vengeance is mine, and recompense, for the time when their foot shall slip; for the day of their calamity is at hand, and their doom comes swiftly.’ For the Lord will vindicate his people and have compassion on his servants, when he sees that their power is gone and there is none remaining, bond or free” (Deuteronomy 32:35-36).