God Is Serious About This!

By Stephen Judd

“Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute. Speak up and judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor and needy” (Proverbs 31:8-9 NIV).When I think of this verse, I can’t think of any group in the world that this verse defines better than orphans. They have no voice. They are powerless and helpless.

Allow me to paraphrase a passage from Psalms: “The helpless put their trust in you. You are the defender of orphans. Lord, you know the hopes of the helpless. Surely you will listen to their cries and comfort them. You will bring justice to the orphans and the oppressed, so people can no longer terrify them” (Psalm 10:14,17-18).

Throughout the Scriptures, God expressly says that He cares about orphans.

The Bible tells us over and over that when we don’t share His concern for the orphans, that God takes it seriously. “If you do not oppress the alien, the fatherless or the widow and do not shed innocent blood in this place, if you do not follow other gods…then I will let you live in this place, in the land I gave your forefathers for ever and ever” (Jeremiah 7:6-7).

Notice that one of the conditions for the Israelites to live in the promise land was…You better take care of orphans! The Lord was saying to His people, “If you don’t do that you’re going to lose your right to the privilege of the promise land.”

God takes it just that seriously.