Open Your Mouth

Proverbs 31 is commonly known as the ‘Virtuous Woman’ chapter, a list of attributes that collectively comprise the gold standard description for wife and mother. Less known in the same chapter are the following two verses, which form perhaps the clearest call to social justice found in all of scripture:

“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 31:9-10)

Significant here is the imperative to put words to injustice. It’s not enough just to be informed on the issues, to offer sympathies, or even to pray. We must also speak.

Speaking truth to difficult situations requires courage, because it’s rarely a popular move. Speaking truth often means sticking our neck out and stepping out of our comfort zone. It may cost us health, wealth, peace, or the esteem of others.

But the mute, the destitute, the poor, and the needy must be spoken for. It’s the Father’s heart to do so. It’s our calling.

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