Proverbs 31 – The first half
I opened to this chapter twice in the last week. It could be coincidence, but it was two different bibles, one new one, one older one so i think God may want me to read what’s here.
The first half of this chapter has a Mother’s advice to her son on how to rule well. Her son was a king, King Lemuel. One thing she tells him is to not drink beer or wine.
“It is not for kings, Lemuel— it is not for kings to drink wine, not for rulers to crave beer, lest they drink and forget what has been decreed, and deprive all the oppressed of their rights.”
Proverbs 31:4-5 –
I usually avoid alcohol. The second to last beer I had was with a meal with friends in Leavenworth in 2006. The last beer I had was with a meal with friends last week. We were at a pub that makes beer and I thought I would try one. The couple we were with told me ahead of time what made this beer special. When i tasted it? It was wasted on me. It was beer. I didn’t like how it made me feel.
I’m not a king. Even so, I don’t think I’ll be taking up beer drinking.
There is another set of verses in this chapter that caught my eye.
“Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves; ensure justice for those being crushed. Yes, speak up for the poor and helpless, and see that they get justice.”
Proverbs 31:8-9 –
My thoughts went to the babies who won’t get a birthday because their parents decided that they don’t want them.
I heard a statistic lately that the opioid crisis has killed 200,000 people. I was shocked. Then they said that that was over the last 20 years. I was shocked again. 200,000 over 20 years and it is a crisis. Yes that is true. Also true is this. Since Roe v. Wade passed we have killed around a million babies every year. Opioid deaths are a crisis. Then what is the abortion situation? In the same period of time we have legally killed 100 times more innocent babies. If 200,000 makes one kind of death a crisis,What is a crisis times 100? I would call it a mega-crisis.
There is forgiveness and restoration to all who have had babies aborted. Jesus forgives sin.
“For this is how God loved the world: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. God sent his Son into the world not to judge the world, but to save the world through him. There is no judgment against anyone who believes in him. But anyone who does not believe in him has already been judged for not believing in God’s one and only Son.”
John 3:16-18 –
God is in the forgiveness business. What can he do? He hates sin but loves sinners? What he did do was provide the forgiveness of sin through the death of his own son Jesus. Jesus’ death covers all of our sin.
What can we do for this socially accepted mega-crisis? Can we promote adoption? Can we support families better? How Can we work to make abortions unnecessary? Locally there is a great resource for help with an unwanted pregnancy and how to deal with it at crossroads pregnancy center. They can also help with post abortion counseling either there or through recommending counselors.
There is help.
There is forgiveness.
There is hope.
There is love.