The world is developing FAST. As a society we go to the next thing. As a person I go, go, go! Sometimes when I set a goal for myself, I think that I need to reach it within a certain amount of time. But this is just a little reminder to myself and to you, take things day by day! As long as you're working towards where you want to be, honor your pace. God is working in your life differently and at a different pace than He is someone else's! Keep being obedient. Keep pushing. Keep being consistent. Keep your pace. And keep letting God work in His own time.
In life, hard things are inevitable. In fact, once you become a Christian, we are literally told life is going to be difficult for us. Being a Christ follower is not a walk in the park, nor should it be. I truly believe that the more we live our lives full of reckless abandon for Christ, the more trials we may endure! I say all the time (and I will continue to say), I want to be the type of girl that as soon as I wake up in the morning and my feet hit the floor, the devil freaks out and yells to his demons "SHE'S AWAKE!! GET READY!" Personally, I want to do the hard things so I can grow through the hard things. Going through hard things makes me rely on Jesus in a way I never knew I needed Him. Then, when I get through the hard things, I am shown He can provide in a way I never knew possible. So yes, we not only can do the hard things through Christ, but we get to do the hard things with Jesus ahead, beside, behind, and all around us. And for that, we are better.
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?