Caring for Widows and Orphans
A father of the fatherless and a judge and protector of the widows is God in His holy habitation. Psalm 68:5, AMP
Years ago, I thought the way to please God was to live the best Christian life I could. In life, there were so many things that I strove for and I longed to do. I gave hours each day to cleaning and maintaining a home. I focused on my career, my family and my church, yet was it enough? After striving to be perfect, I wore myself out. Yet, the more I walked with Jesus, and grew closer to Him in everyday life, the more I asked Him to give me His ear. As I read the Bible, I started to realize that there were other things that mattered to God that I wasn’t giving time and attention to. Two of those things were orphans and widows.
God speaks numerous times in the Bible of caring for these two groups of people: children who, through no choice of their own, don’t have one or both parents in their lives, and widows who, through no choice of their own, poured their lives into a spouse only to lose him to death. My heart became tender, and when the opportunity to care for my grandmother came after my grandfather’s death, we opened our home. Even as we cared for her, my husband and I also decided to open our home and our hearts through adoption. Now we have a sweet baby girl who has joined our three biological children.
Of course, just because we’ve taken these drastic steps doesn’t mean that’s God’s desire for you. Maybe you’re called to help in other ways—to take a meal to a widow and spend time with her or to take a fatherless boy to a baseball game or a motherless girl shopping. Each of our walks with Jesus goes down a different path. Yet though our journeys vary, Jesus’ heart is the same. Ask Him to show you how your heart can match His. You may not have the perfect house or a stellar career, but your gift to those in need will make Jesus smile.
FAITH STEP: Write a list of widows and orphans you know. Pray over the list and ask God to show you who to reach out to today and in what way.