Take a few minutes to read the Bible verses listed and ask the Holy Spirit to lead you in how this verse applies to you this week.
Learn to do right; seek justice. Defend the oppressed. Take up the cause of the fatherless; plead the case of the widow. (NIV)
How do we help others who cannot help themselves? That was the mission God called Moses to do in Exodus 3:1-15. Moses did not know what to think. He had lots of questions and was full of worry and fear. Moses questioned if God had chosen the right person to rescue his people. You may feel like Moses at some point, saying, “Who am I to speak up when someone is being mistreated?”
Remember that you are a child of God. Because we are his children, God wants us to learn to do what is right to address injustice around us. Isaiah 1:17 gives us a summary of those instructions.
Learn to do right. God is our source to discover what is right and wrong. The first step to standing up for others is to know what you believe. Reading your Bible and attending Sunday school and church are some ways you can learn to do the right thing according to what the Bible says.
Seek justice. What is fair, equal, and balanced for everyone around us? When you see people treating others in a way that does not agree with God, he wants us to do something about it. For example, God may be calling you to stand up for someone being teased or mistreated because of how they look or where they live. One way that you can seek justice for them might be by getting help from an adult.
Help those who cannot help themselves. Sometimes bullies pick on people that they know cannot defend themselves. For example, Pharaoh mistreated the Israelites, and he used his power for evil and not for the good of the people. Ask God to show you who he wants you to help and how to help them.
In the story, Moses calls God “The God of your fathers” (Exodus 3:13), when God shows that he forever keeps his promises. God identifies himself as “I AM WHO I AM.” (Exodus 3:14). God is still the great I AM, and because of this, he is everything and gives us everything we need to stand up for others.