God’s Heart For The Poor

Devotional

Motherly Advice for the King

Speak up! This verse is a command to literally open our mouths for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute. We are admonished to judge fairly and defend the rights of the poor and needy.

In this chapter, the king is receiving instruction from his mother. The king was wealthy and with his status, he had the power to impact the futures of many. This is “motherly advice” we can all take to heart. You may think, “I’m not wealthy,” but remember that more than a third of the world lives on less than $2 a day. That makes it very probable that you are among the wealthy in the world today.

An advocate is one who speaks up for and defends the rights of another.

We can be an advocate for those who are destitute and we can defend the rights of the poor and needy. In fact, that is the heartbeat of what we do at Compassion International. With the help of child sponsors around the world, we defend the rights of children in poverty. That passion compels us to action.

Children in poverty are particularly vulnerable to injustice. What can you do today to speak up for a child? Can you defend the rights of the poor and needy?

To help you connect with God's heart for the poor, we have compiled this list of Bible verses. Learn more!