|The Lord watches over the sojourners; he upholds the widow and the fatherless (Psalm 146:9 ESV).|
Heard a good sermon lately? I’m loving Pastor John MacArthur’s series on 1 Timothy 5! MacArthur explains God’s special care for widows. To access this wonderful series, click here.
I used to assume 1 Timothy 5 didn’t refer to me, because I’m a divorcee, not a “widow” as we understand the term today. But the Greek word simply means a woman who is bereft, abandoned, left alone. It includes single moms who never married. It includes women whose husbands died, or walked out, or are in prison. It includes women whose extended families failed them, after the loss of their husband. God is not interested in how we got here. He just wants to care for us and our children.
Obviously, in today’s world many women are free to pursue a career, and can earn enough to support a family. However, I’ve yet to meet a single mom who would argue that raising kids alone is very difficult, even with a great career. Balancing career and our children’s needs is hard enough when we have a partner. When we lose that, the job can become overwhelming, and often the children suffer most.
The Bible plainly instructs the church to care for widows and orphans who are in dire straits. If we find ourselves unable to make ends meet, trying to handle an impossibly demanding schedule, or too tired to invest in our kids, and if we don’t have an extended family we can count on, a good church will be able to offer various venues of support. We needn’t be shy about asking. Our case is important to God.
I was especially comforted to understand that if even the church failed me, God has my back. I've known many single moms who are living examples of God's care and provision. Our provision ultimately comes from God, whether it’s through a career, an ex-spouse, an extended family, or any other means. And if all these fall through, we can seek God’s help and he will answer. Perhaps not in the way we imagined, but he will not fail us. If we find ourselves in need, we can confidently look up, in faith. God sees, and he cares.
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