Adoption | Assist the Orphans
I assisted the poor in their need and the orphans who required help. Job 29:12
Job is well-known for being a righteous man who suffered greatly. When his so-called friends showed up with their noses in the air and suggested that Job MUST have done something wrong, he tried to defend himself. As part of that defense, he mentioned how generous he had been to the poor and the times he’d rescued orphans. An orphan is one of the most helpless creatures on the planet because he has no way to fend for himself. But those orphans probably did not come knocking on Job’s door, asking for help. He had to find them. He walked out of his comfort zone to search for orphans he could help.
In a world crowded with tragic stories and cries for help, the easiest thing to do is tune it out. We can’t help them all, so we turn away from the need and deaden our souls. But God sees that (Prov. 24:11-12). He also sees when we go out of our way to seek orphans who need us. He calls it righteous when we click on that link to King’s Cross School. When we pursue sponsorship with Compassion or World Vision. When we become foster parents, adopt a child, give, support, or work in an orphanage. When we mentor, step-parent, or welcome a child that is not ours, it’s not the easy way. It’s costly. But it’s righteous.
Final Thought: What are you doing about the plight of the 153 million orphans around the world?
Prayer: Lord, I get comfortable in my world and it’s easy to forget the little ones who have no one. I can’t do a lot, but I can do something. You want me to do something because that’s what you did. I’m ready to take the next step. Guide me. Amen.