Matthew 14:22-36; Leviticus 22-23; Proverbs 31
They lurk in the shadows of society. If they are noticed, it’s usually with disdain because they keep getting help. Silently, most of the time, we look at them and think, “Get a job” before even recognizing that these are people – God’s children – who need to know His love and grace. We may not even realize that if we were to take the time to talk with them we would discover that the richness of their faith would put the poverty of our faith to shame. The “forgotten section” of Proverbs 31 reminds us to “Speak out on behalf of the voiceless, and for the rights of all who are vulnerable.” (Proverbs 31:8) While the Bible never glorifies people in poverty because of their poverty, we are called by God to be advocates for those who dwell in financial poverty. The outcasts of society – those who don’t have a voice among the powerful, or even among the rest of society – need to know the love of God and need someone to speak for them. Too often, their silence is a lack of love for themselves and a lack of recognition of the worth that God has put in them. They are ignored by society, at best, or abused and mistreated by the majority of the culture. These are the people God has called us to speak out for. These are the people whose rights God has called us to preserve. Too often we speak out for and support those who are just like us knowing that when we speak out for them, we are advocating for ourselves. God calls us to less self-serving work as we seek to empower those without power.
Lord, there are so many nameless, faceless people that I pass each day. I barely recognize their existence, let alone their connection with You. Help me not to overlook these people. Help me to speak out for them. Remind me that it was also for these people that Jesus died.