Daily Wisdom

Meditations on the Book of Proverbs

10 Do not move an ancient boundary stone

   or encroach on the fields of the fatherless,

11 for their Defender is strong;

   he will take up their case against you.

 

 The Lord is described here as the Defender of the fatherless. What a wonderful thing to contemplate! Those who appear to be defenseless are not really so – the Lord and his people will take up their cause. There is temptation on both sides of injustice. Oppressor and oppressed each wish to become judges – determining where the boundaries ought to be. But the judgement seat belongs to the Lord, and he will have the final say.

 

 Though boundaries may seem arbitrary, they are often more significant than we think. If we try to move them to our advantage, what’s to stop someone else from doing the same? If we don’t respect the boundaries of others, what reason do they have to respect ours? Though it may be difficult to live within the boundaries we’ve been given, it is much less complicated than wandering outside of them.

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