Make Your Mark: Week 2 - Day 4
Lord, please open my heart to receive the word you would have me hear today.
Read: Proverbs 31:8-9 (NIV)
Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute. Speak up and judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor and needy.
As a child, I do not have very many memories of seeing people who were so downtrodden that they were forced to become homeless. Perhaps that was due to being isolated from the big cities - I lived outside a small community on a farm. Or perhaps it was due to the people of that time who ensured that the poor among them were taken care of. I really am not sure. I do know that the people of my church were very active in taking care of the widows in their congregation, and someone was always taking meals, cleaning houses, or mowing lawns (that was my calling) for those who were needing assistance. The writer of Proverbs 31, in todays passage, lays out that it is the responsibility of those who have means to take care of those who do not. We are to be their advocates. We are to be the defenders of their rights.
Who are the destitute, the poor and needy in our community? In what ways can we, as individuals and as a church, defend the rights of these fellow citizens? How can we be a voice that represents them? Are there physical needs that we can step forward to meet?
Father, your heart aches when you see injustice. You are fully righteous and just. Help me to share your heart for those who need a voice, and give me the strength to stand in the gap on their behalf.