Proverbs 31:8-9

Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves,
    for the rights of all who are destitute.
 Speak up and judge fairly;
    defend the rights of the poor and needy.

At this time of year many hearts are turned toward the less fortunate. You stroll past the Salvation Army volunteer who is ringing that bell and throw in that dollar or two. Many businesses hold toy and food drives. You may even volunteer for certain organizations and events. But what about the rest of the year? The poor and needy don’t disappear when January hits. In fact, where I live, their plight worsens. That is when the real cold and snow arrives. Cold is just one hardship that the poor have to face through out the year.

“I want to help, but I don’t know where to start.”

“I don’t have the time or resources to bring all the homeless off the street.”

This is often where the thinking stops. The problem seems too big and too hard, so the brain shuts down, we move on, and drive away. But what would happen if we actually continued to think about the problem. If we asked others, perhaps those more experienced. In this modern age, the Internet provides so much information to understand better the need and see what you can do to help. But ultimately, the first thing to do is pray that God will guide your steps. Also, pray every time you see someone who is homeless, hungry, sick, or voiceless. This may sound cliched, but it is true. Remember the the Starfish story.

Tell me what you can do to help the poor, the needy, and the helpless.

Proverbs 31:6-7

“Alcohol is for the dying, and wine for those in bitter distress. Let them drink to forget their poverty and remember their troubles no more.” Proverbs 31:6-7

Historically, wine and other alcoholic drinks have been used for medicinal purposes; to soothe pains, sterilize wounds, and to settle one nerves. However, it is often used in excess because of its calming properties and causes people to lose their judgement. King Lemuel’s mother knew that alcohol was better used by people who actually need it.

Proverbs 31:3-5

“…do not waste your strength on women, on those who ruin kings. It is not for kings, O Lemuel, to guzzle wine.
Rulers should not crave alcohol. For if they drink, they may forget the law and not give justice to the oppressed” Proverbs 31:3-5

This verse tells Lemuel and every young person to not waste their time and energy on frivolous relationships. Lemuel’s mother also knew that alcohol would mess up his thinking, especially as a king. If you are a leader whether you are a older sibling or president of the United states you need make sure that your brain is fully functioning so you can make the right decisions and be mindful of all the people you are leading otherwise the ones who follow may stumble along with you.

Proverbs 31:1-2

King Lemuel wrote the advice that his mother, the original Proverbs 31 woman, taught him. She loved him very much and wanted him to be a good ruler to his kingdom.

Proverbs 31
The Sayings of King Lemuel

1 The sayings of King Lemuel contain this message,[a]which his mother taught him.

2 O my son, O son of my womb,
O son of my vows,

Not just for girls

What is the first thing you would think about if I said Proverbs 31? Girls guidebook of noble character? Wise Businesswoman? Stay-at-home mom? Wel take a second guess. Proverbs 31 does serve as a model for a christian woman, but this chapter of the Bible also applies to the life of men too. From proverbs 31:1-9 King Lemuel quotes the words of advise that his mother had taught him:

Proverbs 31

The Sayings of King Lemuel
 1 The sayings of King Lemuel contain this message,[a]which his mother taught him.

2 O my son, O son of my womb,
O son of my vows,
3 do not waste your strength on women,
on those who ruin kings.

4 It is not for kings, O Lemuel, to guzzle wine.
Rulers should not crave alcohol.
5 For if they drink, they may forget the law
and not give justice to the oppressed.
6 Alcohol is for the dying,
and wine for those in bitter distress.
7 Let them drink to forget their poverty
and remember their troubles no more.

8 Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves;
ensure justice for those being crushed.
9 Yes, speak up for the poor and helpless,
and see that they get justice.”

these verses apply to everyone, male/female.  Lemuel’s mother told to not waste his life on women and alcohol, she knew that alcohol would numb his brain and cause him to forget the law and rule unjustly which would apply to all of us. Verses 10-31 talk about a wife of noble character: the model for all females. So proverbs 13 applies to everybody.