Speak up!

Written on 07/20/2021
Christian Dunn

Verse: Proverbs 31:8-9

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.

Have you ever meditated on a verse? To meditate means to just take that verse and spend some time really thinking deeply about it. Usually it involves reading it more than once. You can close your eyes and repeat it a few times. And ask the Lord to show you how it applies to your life. This verse is one of those I could meditate on for a while.

How can I speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves?

How can I defend the rights of the poor and needy?

Who do I know in my life who is hurting?

How can I find ways to serve those who are needy?

Jesus spoke similar words when he said, "whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’" (Matthew 25:40).

Take a moment this morning and reflect on the power of these words. Do you use your voice to speak up for people who are hurting? Do you use your voice to lift up those who are being dragged down? How can you become a person who cares for the least of these, not just in what you believe, but in what you do?

I pray that you would give me your heart for people, God. And show me opportunities to speak up and care for people who are hurting.