Proverbs 31:8, “Open thy mouth for the dumb in the cause of all such as are appointed to destruction.”
While reading our Scripture for today many thoughts ran through my limited gray matter. Settling on one topic is not as easy as one might think. The Word of God is so full of truth and is rich with what we need to live life that it is often hard to decide which topic will be the topic of the day.
If I were a guessing man, I would guess that you are like me when you come to Proverbs 31. When I think of this chapter I immediately think of the virtuous woman who is described within. This would be true. Today I would like to highlight or bring light to one particular verse that I have included above. It is the eighth verse. It jumped off the page at me today. It is funny that I have been reading this verse for many years now each month and I did not see prior to today what I am about to share with you. It is not a “new truth” because there is no new thing under the sun Solomon tells us.
My eye opener for today. Proverbs 31:8, “Open thy mouth for the dumb in the cause of all such as are appointed to destruction.” Yes, it is the entire verse. As I was reading this I could not believe what I saw. Let’s take a look for ourselves so you too can see what I see.
First of all we see the word “open” which means to open wide, to loosen, plough, carve thy mouth. I just finished reading “Lasting Friendships in 30 Days” and in it the reader is reminded that a true friend will not sit by and let a friend be dragged through the mud or spoken ill of anyone in their presence. We need to open our mouths and not sit by and let people gnash with the teeth as the Bible says.
Then the writer says “thy mouth”. This struck me as being a personal challenge to everyone who names the name of Christ. We need to open our mouth and speak in many situations that we unfortunately remain silent through.
Here is what caught my attention loud and clear. The phrase “for the dumb”. The phrase means speechless. So many people read the word dumb and equate it with being ignorant or stupid. This is not the Bible definition of it. My wife and I enjoy the music of The Dove Brothers. They sing a song titled “He Saw It All”. It is powerful to say the least. Part of the chorus says, “… ask the blind man, he saw it all.” It talked about the lame man running, the blind man seeing and the dumb man speaking to the deaf man. I am overwhelmed with tears as I even think about this song. I will explain in a moment.
The next phrase, “in the cause” means judgement or strife. There are many so-called causes today. Everyone has a foundation, or cause of some type and they all need money. I am not knocking anyone or any entity. I am thankful that God has put it on the hearts of people to do these things. Many have been helped by organizations. I think it is the marching orders of the Church to help and not government. That is my opinion. I am not here to give opinions.
Next we see the phrase “of all such as are appointed”which could be a son, grandson or nation. In other words people. We must realize that every person born upon the earth have an appointment to make. Some appointments are trivial and some are very important. This appointment is the most important. It speaks of the appointment we have with death. We will either spend eternity in heaven or hell based upon our choice for or against Christ.
Lastly we see the words “to destruction” which refers to surviving as an orphan. So many people want to dismiss the truth that at the end of life we will live with our choice to either trust Jesus Christ for salvation or we can reject Christ and spend eternity in hell.
Okay, today’s verse hit home so powerfully because of our son. He is what the world calls developmentally disabled. He is a teenager yet he functions as a young child. If his mother and I do not stand in the gap for him, so to speak, nobody will. It is our privilege to care for him and to ensure that he gets the best education that he can and as many of you know this has been a real battle for us all. It is up to his mother and I to open our mouths wide for the speechless in his cause, judgement or strife as a person who if he does not trust Christ as his Saviour will spend eternity in hell.
You see parents have a huge responsibility to our children let alone if they have special needs. We would not change it for nothing because it has caused us to grow infinitely closer the the Lord. Praise His name!
So, how are you doing?
Today’s reading: Psalm 119; Proverbs 31
Today’s prayer: “Lord Jesus help me to stand up for the helpless, the speechless and the hurting. Most of all help me to be someone who points lost souls to you for salvation. In Jesus’ name. Amen.”