Father to the Fatherless

 In family, God
It’s amazing to me how God’s timing works. With yesterday being Father’s Day, I was thinking about the idea of God as Father to all of us, but also, especially to those with no earthy father. I went to look up some Scripture on the topic, and found this verse:
“A father to the fatherless, a defender of widows, is God in his holy dwelling. God sets the lonely in families…”
Psalm 68:5-6a
But then (and here comes the timing part), I realized that this verse was actually part of my daily Bible reading assignment today! How cool!
The verses truly stand alone in terms of conveying a loud and clear message, so I’ll only add this: I love the verse that follows – “God sets the lonely in families.” Wow. I have seen this to be so true in our lives. We have the most amazing family, and yet, there have been times when they were far away from us, and we saw our church rise up and become like family to us. Or maybe it’s a special friend group that has stood by and made us feel like we were not alone, even in some of our darkest hours. God is so good to make sure we have the things that we need (and sometimes we don’t even know we need them until they’re already in place).
If you felt lonely or discouraged yesterday, don’t despair! God has been called the Father to the fatherless, and His Word says that He will put the lonely in families. If you are in need of either of those things today, ask Him. When our prayers line up with His word, we can rest assured that they will be answered. I am praying for you today, even though I don’t specifically know your request. I pray that God will bring hope to the hopeless and family to the lonely.
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