Author: Rob Anderson
I have never not had my voice. I don’t mean I have never had laryngitis or a sore throat to the point I could not talk, I mean I have never found myself in a position where the things I had to say were not heard or even outright rejected.
Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves,
for the rights of those who are destitute.
Speak up and judge fairly;
defend the rights of the poor and needy. (Proverbs 31.8-9)
When I read these words, I have to remind myself that speaking for those who have no voice takes a great amount of work on my part. It is too easy for me to overlook the needs and rights of those who are poor and needy. No matter how much more I wish I had, I am in no way either poor or needy. And no matter how often I may feel overlooked, I have never not had my voice.
As we conclude our reflections on the book of Proverbs, how many times have we seen over the last three months the writer warn us against the allure of folly, whether that be through the chasing of women or wealth? When we scorn the path of wisdom, we move further away from our ability to see the world through God’s eyes.
Is it any wonder that the book concludes with a description of a woman of noble character, who is ultimately praised because she is one who fears the Lord? When we fear the Lord, we begin to see the world the way he sees the world and when that happens, we DO lose our voice, only to gain the voice of those who cannot speak for themselves.
May the words we speak always be words that heal, build up, and support, rather than words that oppress, destroy, or ignore.