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February 11 – Fighting words

“I broke the fangs of the wicked, and plucked the victim from his teeth.” – Job 29:17 

Scripture reading: James 5:1-6

Maybe you were bullied as a child. That is never a nice thing. When that happened, weren’t you happy when someone came to your defence and stopped that bully? That’s what Job did! He learned to watch and protect others from being bullied and otherwise abused.

At your age, however, bullies don’t come with a closed fist, demanding your pocket money. Bullies take a different shape. Maybe in the workplace a supervisor may be abusing an employee, overworking him and taking credit for his work. Maybe in society you see woke people bullying university students to conform to the new socialist way of life. Maybe politicians are bullying parents, pressuring them to raise their children according to social reconstructionists’ workings of the government. Maybe you have become aware of the horrible persecution of Christians in places like Nigeria by Muslims. This is where you come in!

You reflect your Saviour by speaking up for the abused. You don’t care if you are liked or mocked by others. You know the pain of abuse and you want to save others. You invest time (So what if you can’t watch the ballgame!) and money in order to rescue the oppressed. You will use all moral means to bring change.

In doing this, you are showing the love of Christ to the abused and you serve as a warning of eternal judgment to the abusers. You are reminding them of hell.

Suggestions for prayer

Pray for courage to speak up for victims and for willingness to sacrifice time and money to do this.

Pastor Mitchell Persaud is a missionary at New Horizon URCNA, in Scarborough, ON, Canada, where he has ministered for over 20 years. Feel free to Google his name for more information about New Horizon. Get this devotional delivered directly to your phone each day via our RP App. It is also available in print, for purchase, at NTGDevotional.com.  

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