Proverbs: Living Wisely – Stand Up

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 8

READ
Proverbs 31:8–9; Luke 10:30–35

REFLECT
God’s Word calls Christians to stand up for others. Luke gives the account of the Good Samaritan. The Samaritan wasn’t just a good person, and that he would help a Jew was a bigger deal than people think. In the Old Testament, the line of kings was not a good one. The first king was Saul, then David, then Solomon, then a series of what the Bible says were bad kings. God punished Israel by splitting the country into the Northern and Southern kingdoms, then He allowed the Northern country to be conquered by Assyria (2 Kings 17). Fast forward in time: Gentiles (non-Jews) lived to the north, whose descendants were the Assyrian invaders; Jews in Jerusalem lived to the south; and between them were the Samaritans. Samaritans were a mixed race of Jews and Gentiles. To the Jewish people, they were mixed blood traitors to their Jewish heritage. It was racial hatred. That’s why Jesus’ command shows that Christianity and the love of Christ surpass any dispute. Standing up for the weak is a calling on each of our lives.

1. What does the Proverbs passage call us to do?
2. What did the Samaritan feel when he saw the beaten and robbed man on the side of the road? 
3. How did the Samaritan go above and beyond to care for the weak?

RESPOND
As Proverbs points out, we are to stand up for justice. This isn’t just when it’s convenient, because rarely is standing up for the rights of someone convenient. The Good Samaritan shows that the obligation of standing up for the weak surpasses any kind of trouble it may cause us. That may mean standing up for the kid who gets picked on in your team or in your class. It may mean that you have to be the one to speak up when gossip is spreading. Whatever situation you encounter, standing up for the rights of others usually (1) separates you from the crowd, meaning a possible hit to friendships, and (2) lets people know that you’re called to a higher calling, and that is to glorify Christ through everything you say and do. The question is: Are you going to pass people by when you can step in on their behalf, or are you going to blend in with the crowd and pretend like you don’t notice?

1. What makes standing up for people dificult?
2. Why would standing up for people be significant to God?
3. Why should you be more concerned about how God views you than how the world views you?

REMEMBER
Post this week’s memory verse on whatever forms of social media you use. If you’re using Instagram, take a screen shot of the passage in your Bible App or write it out on your Notes App and take a screen shot and post it. Pray that God would give you a heart and desire for justice. Pray that He would open your eyes to areas where you can step in, not for your sake, but His.