Learn to do right; seek justice. Defend the oppressed. Take up the cause of the fatherless; plead the case of the widow.
“Behold the turtle, he makes progress only when he sticks his neck out,” said James Bryant Conant.
How often do we overlook injustice because we are too timid to say anything?
Sometimes we are so afraid of hurting someone’s feelings that we fail to defend what is right, so nothing gets done about the wrong!
Whether it’s a friend who is discriminated against, a family member who should be confronted, or a personal sin that needs to be dealt with – we are constantly faced with opportunities to stand for what is right. But none of these problems can be faced if we act small in timidity.
We can see throughout history that the people who really change the world do so at great personal cost. In fact, our country wouldn’t even exist if our Founding Fathers had not been willing to risk the penalty of death to fight against tyranny.
And in the Bible, we see that speaking the Word of God requires courage. Elijah was hunted for three years after daring to stand up to King Ahab. Almost all of the apostles were martyred, but not before Paul had stood before the most powerful man in the world, Caesar, and preached the good news.
Sweet Freedom in Action
Today, pray for the Holy Spirit to give you boldness, and look for opportunities to stick your neck out for justice.