It is clear God expects His people to care for orphans.
The Bible speaks frequently and emphatically about the fatherless and orphans.
One of God’s attributes is to be a helper and Father to the fatherless (Psalm 10:14; 68:5).
In God, the fatherless find mercy (Hosea 14:3).
Similarly God has redeemed Christians so that we might be adopted according to His will (Galatians 4:4-5; Ephesians 1:5).
We, therefore, love Him as He loves us (1 John 4:19) and desire to do His will.
To be true followers of Christ and to follow His example of adoption we are to love the “least of these,” which includes defending the cause of the fatherless (Isaiah 1:17), and visiting orphans in their distress (James 1:27).
Still there are reasons churches and Christians have not embraced orphans, leaving them with no chance of permanency. All too often, we
- believe kids are tarnished or in the system because of their own behavior
- lack understanding about how the foster system works, associated costs, ages of children in the system, permanency options
- lack support in pursuit of becoming foster parents
- are unwilling to consider foster/adopt across ethnic lines
- fear the unknown leading to reluctance and inaction
In light of God’s heart for orphans and His expectations of us, will you take the time to pray?
- Praise God for who He is…and for loving you and adopting you into His family.
- Thank God for His heart for orphans.
- Ask God to give you His heart for orphans and help you see them as He does.
- Ask God to reveal anything within you that might be causing you fear or doubt.
- Ask God to help you to trust Him and in how He wants you to serve and love orphans.
- Ask God for wisdom and boldness in stepping out in faith to care for orphans.
Pray Love Give….