8 Open your mouth for the mute, For the rights of all the unfortunate. 9 Open your mouth, judge righteously, And defend the rights of the afflicted and needy.
We end our study of the wisdom of Proverbs by looking at what God wants us to do. This chapter starts off by sharing what a mom taught her son, a future king. The mother told her son how to be a good leader and a good man. I believe these two verses address more than just leaders. Through out the Bible God commands His people to look out for those who are less fortunate. I believe this is an individual command, not a communal one. God does not tell only the leaders to take care of the widows and orphans, but it is command to each individual. When the disciples brought the need for food to feed the more 5,000 people, Jesus told them to give something it eat (Mark 6:37). It was a person command, “You”. The disciples of course did not have any food to give, but Jesus provided and they served it.
There are people all around us who need our help. They need our voices. They need some of our resources. They need our prayers. But most importantly, they need our love. If we see a person mistreated or taken advantage of, we need to open our mouths. God put us there to witness, not that we could gossip about it, but to help. God has you and me where we are to do His work. His work is all around us and not lacking. We need to get to work and help those around us. That is God’s purpose for us. We are wise when do God’s work. When we fear Him we begin to learn. When we obey Him, we have learned. Doing God’s work is obeying Him and it is evidence that we are learning from Him.
Dear God, thank you for having work for me to do. Help me to do it. There are suffering people all around me who need to me speak up for them and fight for them and serve them. Help me to do it. Amen.