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Defending Others

First, Seek Him...

Defending others is a responsibility that takes many forms, and, with our country’s birthday, we celebrate those who have defended it so we can be a nation. It doesn’t stop there, though. God wants all of us who follow Him to defend others. Seek Him about this in your life today.

...Then Speak Him

As you speak up for “the poor and needy” God has called you to defend, your example teaches the next generation. Let justice and righteousness be a character trait your family pursues and lives. This conversation can help you talk about what this looks like in your family.

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Proverbs 31:9
“Speak up and judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor and needy.”

Word

God, what are you saying to me?

God wants us to defend righteous and just causes for the “poor and needy.” These aren’t just people who don’t have much money; the “poor and needy” in Scripture include those who are afflicted, oppressed or need help. We all fall into this category at some point. Who has defended us, as a family, as a nation? How can we honor them? Who are some “poor and needy” people in our society right now?

Why

God, why does this matter?

The “poor and needy” are very close to God’s heart, and He wants us to have them close to our hearts, too. God said, “When the poor and needy seek water, and there is none, and their tongue is parched with thirst, I the Lord will answer them; I the God of Israel will not forsake them,” (Isaiah 41:17). If the “poor and needy” matter this much to God, they should matter to us, too. It’s not humanly possible for us to help the whole world, but we can speak up for those God calls us to. Who is someone we are helping today?

What

God, What Else Does Your Word Say About This?

God is our defender and deliverer who helps us when we cry out to Him (Psalm 18). When we defend those who cry out for our help, we reflect His character. God said this about one man who did this: “‘He did what was right and just, so all went well with him. He defended the cause of the poor and needy, and so all went well. Is that not what it means to know me?’ declares the Lord” (Jeremiah 22:15b-16). How does being like somebody show that you know them? How are we reflecting God’s character today?

Worship

God, How do you want me to respond to this truth?

Just as God defends and delivers us when we cry out to Him, He wants us to worship Him by defending others when they cry out to us. His Word says, “Rescue those being led away to death; hold back those staggering toward slaughter. If you say, ‘But we knew nothing about this,’ does not He who weighs the heart perceive it? Does not He who guards your life know it? Will He not repay everyone according to what they have done?” (Proverbs 24:11-12). What are we doing to guard other’s lives? What actions are we taking to defend others? If God weighed your heart right now, would He be glorified?

Proverbs 31:9
“Speak up and judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor and needy.”
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A Family Blessing

A Blessing from this Lesson to Speak over Those God has Entrusted to You!

We love You Lord, because You are our Help and Defender (Psalm 18)! Help us have the courage to speak up for those You call us to defend, whomever they are, for Your glory and their good. In Jesus’ Name, amen!

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