Speak up for the down-and-out.

Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute. – Proverbs 31:8

King “Lemuel” learned an oracle from his mother that taught him to defend the destitute and less fortunate. These people have no physical means to care for themselves and are often cast aside by society. As a ruler, Lemuel was supposed to extend grace to these pariah and show himself to be a loving, caring ruler.

This oracle shows us the heart of God. God loved us so much that He extended grace (undeserved favor) to us (the eternally damned without Him) by faith because He loves us and desires a personal relationship between Him and all who will believe.

Michael Combs sings a song that speaks of Jesus, who loves us when no one else would and saves us when no one else could. When I hear that song, I’m reminded of God’s unending love for all of humanity. I think of how I used to be, eternally destitute and headed for a demon’s hell. Because God spoke up for us through His death on the cross and resurrection from the dead, we have the opportunity to live forever with Him.

Shouldn’t we also speak up for the destitute and extend grace to them, as God did to us? Should we not share our witness of Jesus with everyone because those without Messiah are spiritually destitute as we once were? The Ruler of rulers desires for all to be saved and that none should perish.

Father, as a minister of Your Good News and a believer, it’s my privilege and honor and pleasure to be Your witness to the lost and to share the blessing You’ve bestowed upon me with the poor and destitute. Someone must speak up for them. You care for them and defend them and provide for them. I’ll do what I can in conjunction with Your Spirit to help them. In Jesus’ name, Amen.