• Be Open to God's Call

    Posted by Scott

    17 July, 2012

    What the Bible Says
     
    “For the Lord your God is God of gods and Lord of lords, the great God, mighty and awesome, who shows no partiality and accepts no bribes. He defends the cause of the fatherless and the widow, and loves the foreigners residing among you, giving them food and clothing.”
    Deuteronomy 10:17-18
     
    “Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.” James 1:27
     
    Reflecting on What the Bible Says
     
    Widows and orphans are mentioned repeatedly throughout the bible. God is said to be their defender and God’s people are to defend and care for them too. This is because widows and orphans were particularly vulnerable to poverty and exploitation.
     
    In the biblical eras, property and power were commonly held by men. Widows and fatherless children had no man to protect their interests and so were easily forced off their land, exploited and marginalised. Once in this situation it was very difficult for them to earn income and meet their needs.

    God however sees their situation and steps in to defend them. God gives the Israelites laws that protect the rights of widows and orphans, calls his people to uphold those laws, and where widows and orphans have become destitute calls his people to provide for them.
     
    According to James caring for widows and orphans is at the heart of God’s calling on our lives. Of course, it may not literally be widows and orphans for us today. Rather it will be all those who are vulnerable to poverty, exploitation and marginalisation.
     
    Applying What the Bible Says

     1.Who are the people most vulnerable to poverty, exploitation and marginalisation in our world today?

     2.How are you caring for those who are poor and exploited?

     3.What is one thing you can do this week to make care for the poor and exploited more central to your life?

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    Scott Higgins is a member of Micah Challenge's National Steering Committe and the Community Engagement Director at Baptist World Aid Australia. 

    In conjunction with the launch of Baptist World Aid's new website, Scott has recently released a great new book resource called "Be Love: 5 Ways to Love the Poor" which you can download in PDF here.