The last one! Have you made it all the way? Have you read a chapter every day? If so, you’re up to Proverbs 31. As I’ve written a lot on the Proverbs 31 woman, I won’t attempt to take the many postings and put it into one. But feel free to read those posts.
But Proverbs 31 isn’t only about a woman. The first 9 verses are instructions to him separate from finding a great wife. My favorite instructions are found in verses 8 and 9.
Open your mouth for the mute,
for the rights of all who are destitute.
Open your mouth, judge righteously,
defend the rights of the poor and needy. (Proverbs 31:8-9)
There are those who can’t speak for themselves in this world. Some are deaf. Some are handicapped. Some are poor. Some are unborn. There can be a myriad of reasons that a group of people aren’t heard. This mom is charging her son, a king, to be the person that speaks for them. He isn’t supposed to just speak for the wealthy, the good looking, the popular. He’s supposed to defend those that would otherwise be defenseless.
Who is defenseless in your world? It might be the homeless. It might be the poor. It might be the unborn. But it might not be as obvious as that. It might be the neighbor kid who everyone is picking on. It might be the classmate that people tease. It might be the co-worker that no one is listening to. It might be the mom on the PTA committee that isn’t being heard. There could be all kinds of people around you that you need to defend.