2 The word of the Lord came to him, saying, 3 “Go from here and turn eastward, and hide yourself by the Wadi Cherith, east of the Jordan. 4 You shall drink from the wadi, and I have commanded the ravens to feed you there.” 5 So he went and did according to the word of the Lord; he went and lived by the Wadi Cherith, east of the Jordan. 6 The ravens brought him bread and meat in the morning, and bread and meat in the evening; and he drank from the wadi. 7 But after a while the wadi dried up, because there was no rain in the land.
—1 Kings 17:1c-7, NRSV
Throughout life, you and I encounter people who stand up and speak out. They call out injustice, ugliness, and inequality. They tend to do so eloquently and consistently. We both need and admire them. We need individuals who will sound the trumpets of truth and rally the warriors for righteousness and justice to confront the powers that be. Injustice and inequality must not go unchecked. If unconfronted, they will spread across your soul and our society like a cancerous horde, devouring every bit of faith, hope, and love we possess.
Honestly, what keeps some of us from standing up and speaking is not simply fear. It’s the reasonable projection such confrontations will provoke retaliation in the personal and public areas of our lives. The enemy does not play fair. Moreover, the enemy does not give up.
Within your circles, who’s the believer with the vision of and voice for a better world? Perhaps you are the person the world is waiting on. Yet, what may stop you is thought of what you may wind up giving up as a consequence of standing up. God’s answer to that very real possibility is this: Stand up for the masses and the Master, and God will provide you with respite, resources, and relationships that will sustain you. Like Elijah, do what the Lord asks of you, and you will watch the Lord work things out for you in both the short-run and long-run. Still, don’t be surprised if people root and pray for you, but will not stand with you openly. Otherwise, they might lose what little bit the Lord has blessed them with. Besides, it might not be their call to stand up and speak out. It might be only you possess the courage and conviction, the big mouth and bigger heart, the world needs and God has chosen.
- Where/when have you taken on a real, resistive problem, and watched God take you through theopposition and reposition you for your future?
- Within your circle of connection, who have you forgotten to thank for standing up and speakingout on your behalf? Today, why don’t you reach out, thank them, and thank God for them?