by: FCC Staff
Proverbs 31:8-9 “Open your mouth for the mute, for the rights of all who are destitute. Open our mouth, judge righteously, defend the rights of the poor and needy.”
A growing number of people in this world are feeling they have no voice in matters that directly concern themselves, their families or their communities. For the righteous leader or “king” the Queen Mother is saying it is for you my son Lemuel, to be their voice. The sober voice of reason and justice. The Bible says that all “governing authorities” are from God and instituted by God and we are to be subject to them (Romans 13:1). That they are “ministers of God” (Romans 13:6). This can be a very difficult teaching but keep in mind the Apostles wrote in this way even while under severe persecution. So do not fall to the temptation of thinking they were penning simple academic theory from the comfort of their padded den.
Paul was subject to the authorities as he and Silas were unjustly arrested and brutally beaten in Philippi then left chained in a filthy dungeon. Whimper, whine, and cry? No! They sang songs of praise and worship opening the way for God to be glorified and the jailer and his family baptized. The next morning the magistrates came and apologetically released them (Acts 16:16-40).
We rarely truly know the complete will of God in any circumstance. God wants us to trust him. But today’s proverb is a reminder not for the poor and needy, the voiceless. Today’s message is to those who are actually in the halls of power. Those who are in any position of authority over others. This position is granted by God and to be exercised in accordance with his revealed Word. When we find ourselves in this position, be it teacher, parent, boss, supervisor, or King, we are there to care for those weaker than ourselves and to be a voice for the voiceless.
The great hope for all of us regardless of our position is the hope we have in Christ in that “Since then we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need” (Hebrews 4:14-16).
Prayer for today: Father, may I always remember that true justice will not be found in this world. Truth, justice and grace is from you alone. Regardless of circumstances, may I always be quick to give justice to all I encounter. In Christ, amen.