Please read Proverbs 30-31 before reading today’s devotional.
The power of spoken words can change things more in one moment than what years of worry brings people.
I have experienced the goodness of our Heavenly Father through the power of His Word. As a pre-teen girl I was in a situation where I had to choose for myself if I wanted to continue to go to church or not and if what I had been taught since I was young was actually something worth believing. The Word of God quickly became my source of life and love and direction. He began a good work in me and was going to finish it (and still is). But I never would have learned the Word of God or experienced it’s power if it wasn’t for women in my church who invested in me and gave me a voice when I felt like I did not have one.
I have studied Proverbs many times. This time, however, reading chapters 30-31 helped me realize a powerful piece of wisdom and instruction that can be applied to the woman of God-any age, in any situation, and in every circumstance. And an act that actually helped shape who I am today.
Proverbs 31:8-9 says “Speak up for people who cannot speak for themselves. Help people who are in trouble. Stand up for what is right, and judge all people fairly. Protect the rights of the poor and those who need help”.
The Lord reminded me of a time He demonstrated just this. In John chapter 8 a group of religious teachers brought in an adulterous woman and told the teacher, Jesus, that the law of Moses says to stone such a woman. So, He says “All right, but let the one who has never sinned throw the first stone”. When the accusers heard this, they scattered one by one until it was only Jesus and the woman left. He asked the woman “Where are your accusers? Didn’t even one of them condemn you?” As she replied “no”, Jesus simply says, “Neither do I. Go and sin no more”.
Jesus demonstrated what it looks like to speak up for people who cannot speak for themselves, helping people who are in trouble, standing up for what is right, and judging all people fairly. Oh, ladies. How precious of an example we have to give the voiceless a voice, to speak up for what is right. To help someone understand the goodness of God with our spoken words of encouragement and wisdom.
My prayer is as children of God, and even more as women, we will be sensitive to opportunities to speak up when it can benefit the goodness of the Lord and of others.
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