Last Thanksgiving, I was allowed to present a lesson before the Dalraida church of Christ concerning orphaned and fatherless children. The lesson was written and presented specifically for the Thanksgiving Appeal for the work at Childhaven. The first area I covered in the lesson was God’s attitude toward orphans/fatherless.
God sees the fatherless in a light that transforms who they are, to Him and to us. Deut 10:17-18 For the LORD your God is God of gods and Lord of lords, the great, the mighty, and the awesome God, who is not partial and takes no bribe. He executes justice for the fatherless and the widow, and loves the sojourner, giving him food and clothing. The level of fairness, justice, and love God gives to those who are without families highlights His goodness and compassion.
See how beautifully He cares for those who are marginalized in Psalm 68:5-6 “Father of the fatherless and protector of widows is God in his holy habitation. God makes a home for the lonely.” He watches and waits for those who are hurting. Psalm 10:14 “But you do see, for you note mischief and vexation, that you may take it into your hands; to you the helpless commits himself; you have been the helper of the fatherless.”
God also deals with those who would bully the weak and lonely. Malachi 3:5 “Then I will draw near to you for judgment. I will be a swift witness against the sorcerers, against the adulterers, against those who swear falsely, against those who oppress the hired worker in his wages, the widow and the fatherless, against those who thrust aside the sojourner, and do not fear me, says the LORD of hosts.” He won’t stand for those who need Him to be run over.
The overall theme is that God protects those who do not have Earthly families; those who are helpless. He has a special place in His heart for those who are weak and needful. He IS their family and He will take care of them. We need to be ready to be used by Him for this purpose.