Every week I would stay quiet and miss out on something
Reference: “at Shiloh in Canaan and said to them, “The Lord commanded through Moses that you give us towns to live in, with pasturelands for our livestock.”” Joshua 21:2 NIV
Explore: Growing up I never wanted to make a fuss. If I was missing out on something, I wouldn’t speak up in case it made someone else feel guilty or bad.
Every week I would stay quiet and miss out on something because I wasn’t willing to defend myself. I thought this is what I had to do to be a good girl.
When I first met my husband I quickly came to understand that some people are quite comfortable speaking up. If something is not right, it’s ok to say something to make a change.
Speaking up may put someone else out but it’s not always a bad thing.
Application: When God set out His promises for the Promised Land it took awhile for it all to come to pass. And it seems the Levites had to remind the tribes of what God had promised them.
Putting lands aside for the Levites may have put other tribes out, but it fulfilled the commands of God. And that is worth speaking up for.
We all have a voice. And God has a purpose for our world and it is often not adhered to or listened to.
That’s when we need to speak up. When we see injustice or a lack of God’s love or grace, that is when it’s worth us speaking up.
May we harness the courage we need to speak life and love back into God’s world.
Prayer: Lord, we can hear Your voice across all of creation. May we join our voices with Yours to fulfill Your purpose here on earth. Amen.
What do you need to raise your voice for?
This article was written by Linda Bailey
Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.