What does God say about orphan care? He says a lot, actually! He cares deeply for them, and mentions orphans several times throughout scripture.
God says that HE is the father to the fatherless (Ps. 68:5), that He sustains the fatherless (Ps. 146:9), and that looking after orphans in their time of distress is religion that is pure and faultless (James 1:27).
So those are a few things that God has said about orphans, but what is our responsibility in the matter?
He calls us to care for and protect them. In Psalm 82:3 it says, “Give justice to the weak and the fatherless; maintain the right of the afflicted and the destitute.”
Let’s also take a look at what Jesus says in Matthew 25:36-37 & 40.
“I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.’ Then the righteous will answer him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink?
And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?’ And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.’”
Matthew 25:40 goes on to say the opposite, when they didn’t do these things for those in need, it was as if they didn’t do these things for Jesus in His time of need.
Taking these verses into consideration, when we are caring for orphans we are being God’s hands and feet. When we care for these children, it’s as though we are doing those things unto Jesus himself! How amazing is that?
I think it’s important to see orphan care not just as a duty or responsibility to check off the list, but a privilege. By providing hope for these children, we are not only helping feed their bellies and giving them a bed to sleep on, but we are also intervening on their behalf so they can lead a promising future! This isn’t just about meeting their needs, it’s about giving them hope for a future that they might not have otherwise!
Orphan care is something that is beautiful in the sight of God and it’s a wonderful thing to be able to stand up for those who cannot stand up for themselves.
Christine Flores (Project Orphans Blogger)