I was having my cup of coffee and reading my Bible this morning and I kept reading about God’s view on the orphans & widows. I was wondering what I can and should be doing. How am I doing? I had a moment where I was thinking I handle this okay, I mean we sponsor kids around the world. We try and help out when we see or hear of a need. But is it changing my heart?
Here are the verses:
“A father to the fatherless, a defender of widows, is God in his holy dwelling.” Psalms 68:5 (#30daysafterbreakaway)
“You are the helper of the fatherless…” Ps 10:14b
“You, LORD, hear the desire of the afflicted; you encourage them, and you listen to their cry, defending the fatherless and the oppressed, so that mere earthly mortals will never again strike in terror.” Ps. 10:17-18
“Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.” James 1:27
A couple of thoughts.
#1 God is their father, their defender, their helper, their encourager. He sees, hears, and loves them.
Do I see them? Do I see the people around me who need to know that God sees, hears, and loves them? Do I see them? Do I see as Jesus sees?
#2 God expects me, us, to look after, to see, and to care about the widows and orphans, the fatherless & the oppressed.
What will I do about it? What is going to change about how I interact with the people around me and around the world? I am one person, I need to not let that be an excuse for not loving like Jesus loves.
#3 A follower of Jesus will care. James 1:27 has some strong words regarding what ‘pure and faultless religion looks like’. The bar is high and simple. Love like Jesus loves. Jesus reached out, loved on, connected with those the culture said were the least and did not matter.
What’s next? What will I do? What action am I going to do to love my community and the world?
I have room to grow. Often I miss opportunities because I am complacent and busy. A couple of ideas came to mind, not an inclusive or exclusive list, just what came to mind as I was thinking about what my family and I could do next.
#1 Sponsor a child in another country. Feedthe5000.org is a great place to connect with a child sponsorship program and to also be encouraged that you are not in this alone. It’s amazing to me what happens with the little bit of money I give each month. An amazing way to pour into a child who needs help in a different part of our world.
#2 Are you currently a child sponsor? Don’t forget to write to your child. Take a few minutes and help them feel the love of the Father thru your hands. I need to get better at this one!
#3 Food Bank – helping supply the need of food to area families. Helping serve at a homeless shelter, maybe its by serving a meal or having a conversation.
#4 Perhaps there is a family with special needs kids, single parent, military family, supplies foster care or a family simply going thru a difficult time – how can you come along side and support the families in your community.
#5 It’s the holiday season! Operation Christmas Child thru Samaritans Purse…..I want our family do a least one box this year; I know it makes a difference both in our lives and in theirs. Maybe it is caroling around a nursing home. Visiting near the holidays for those who are in a long term care facility or the hospital. Perhaps it is seeing and meeting a need that you hear about.
There are many, many more ideas out there. What are some of yours? How can you see, care, encourage, and love those around you?
Today…..learning to follow, listen and obey; trusting in the ONE who loves me and HE loves you too.
#30daysafterbreakaway, #biblestudy, #compassion
Scripture quotations taken from the The Holy Bible, New International Version
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