Studying James the other day, I came across something that caught my eye. At the end of the first chapter, the author encourages us, that as Christians we are to “visit orphans and widows in their affliction” That got me thinking...orphans & widows are mentioned so much in scripture- Exodus 22:22; Psalm 146:9; Isaiah 58:7; Jeremiah 7:6; Lamentations 5:3; Matthew 6:1-4; John 14:18- just to name a few.
To be honest, when I read in the bible about orphans and widows, I always kind of skip over it. Not on purpose, but I always clumped them with the act of being kind & loving to those who are less fortunate. I wanted to know why they are specifically mentioned multiple times when we read the word of God. So I decided to do some digging as to why orphans and widows are mentioned so often.
After researching, I discovered that I wasn't too far off. The author's of the Bible do use orphans and widows as an example of those who are less fortunate, but the Lord revealed that it goes deeper than that. Orphans and widows were not only less fortunate, but these were the people that were overlooked by everyone. These are the people that were needy, and the people who did not have an advocate.
True religion says that it is our joy to be an advocate. I've heard it said that, “Genuine faith is being actively obedient to the Word.” If we are to be an obedient advocate for the gospel, it is our responsibility to not only ask ourselves who the "orphans and widows" are in our society today, but who the orphans and widows are in our churches, at our schools, and in our own lives.
So as we go throughout our week, let's ask ourselves
Who the orphans and widows in my own life? Who will have no advocate unless I am that for them?