“Father to the fatherless, defender of widows – this is God, whose dwelling is holy. God places the lonely in families…” (Psalm 68:5-6)
Loneliness can be one of life’s most challenging experiences. It’s one thing to go through the ups and down of life, but to do it without companionship and family is downright awful. Worse yet, loneliness often leads to isolation, which is unhealthy and toxic to our souls. When we want to quit, we always quit alone. We never quit in groups.
None of us are meant to be alone. And when we are alone, His greatest desire for us is to come home. All throughout Scripture God describes His great care for the orphan and the widow – those who’ve been separated or cut off from family.
This is the culture of God’s family: to go and look for those without family and to bring them home to be welcomed into His.
In Psalm 68 we see that God places us in His family. This is a critical concept. I don’t know about you, but I didn’t choose my family. It wasn’t an option. I was placed into it. The same is true of God’s family – His church. He places us in the body as He chooses because He sees the big picture. He knows us better than we know ourselves – what relationships we need and who we were meant to walk through life with. When we are obedient to Him in this area we get to experience all He has for us in the context of the family He’s placed us in and invite others to join us too.
Prayer: Lord, You place the lonely in families. We are created for relationships and I thank You for the family you’ve given me to serve and love. Help me today to notice others who may be lonely and isolated and show them Your love. Amen.