Since I was a little girl, one of my favorite portions of scripture has been Proverbs 31, highlighting the Wife of Noble Character. This portion of God’s Word shaped me in my younger years, and has served as a goal for me to reach as a new wife, and a future mother.
The words found in Proverbs 31 were given to King Lemuel from his mother. We might say his mama was giving her son advice on what kind of woman would be wise for him to seek. When thinking of Proverbs 31, we often tend to focus on the epilogue, and not so much on the beginning verses. However, in verses 8-9, wise advice is given.
“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.”
This was Jesus’ focus while on earth. He spoke up for those who were forgotten by society. He spoke for those in need. Friends, this ought to be our focus, too. We live in a narcissistic, self-promoting world, and oftentimes, we tend to forget there are others across from us living in conditions we will never truly understand. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once said, “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter”.
It’s more comfortable to be silent on the tough things, isn’t it? If we were being truthful, we would agree that it’s easier to simply ignore that woman across the world, and to turn a blind eye to the abuse, persecution, and poverty she experiences on a daily basis. It may be more comfortable for us to ignore these issues, but I can’t help but think of the unseen. You know, that woman across the world, working hard to make a living for her family, raise her children, and protect them from danger. Our sister.
That’s right, our sister.
She’s just as much of a sister as our best friends are, yet she’s the forgotten one. We act as though she doesn’t even exist.
Because we think if we don’t bring her to mind, the situation isn’t so bad after all.
But sister, know this: I see you. I see the struggle you go through daily. And while I don’t fully comprehend it due to the North American pleasures I’m so accustomed to, I want you to know that I pray for you. I see you.
I love you.
Know that you’re not alone. Though others may ignore your situation because it’s “just too uncomfortable”, I will choose to pay attention to you. Though I can’t walk through life with you and help you daily, I can hold you up in prayer, and plead with the Lord for your salvation and safety.
Friends, what are you doing to defend the rights of those who can’t defend themselves? How are you going to speak up for those who can’t speak for themselves? My prayer for you is that you will learn to live out these truths daily, and will consider helping Shama Women in supporting our sisters in South Asia, and help to lead them to our Father through discipleship programs.
Don’t turn a blind eye – speak for those who do not have a voice.
Alannah Pang is a blogger, newlywed, and a child of God who writes about finding the goodness in the simplicity of life, and finding joy in the ordinary. Find her at RoseandBliss.com.