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Our Father Advocates (#OurFatherDevotional)


This year, we're sharing ways in which our God is truly Father to the fatherless in our special #OurFather devotional series. This month, we're honored to share the wisdom of Morgan Scott.




 

Isaiah 1:17-18 Learn to do right; seek justice. Defend the oppressed. Take up the cause of the fatherless; plead the case of the widow. “Come now, let us settle the matter,” says the Lord. “Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool.” Isaiah 1:17-18

“It is impossible to measure the eternal significance of present faithfulness.” Dr. Jim Denison
Israel was once a corrupt, rebellious nation. Its people ignored the orphan and widow and they treated their neighbors unfairly. The Lord implored His people to change their ways so that they would be transformed. God clearly categorizes orphan care with the upmost importance. In fact, He defines this mission as pure religion (James 1:27). So, what does this mean for us today?
Put simply, His message is the same. This is a call to action.
“Learn to do right…” Not just to do what we know to be right, but to put it into practice. In the same way that He was challenging the Israelites to “take up the cause of the fatherless,” He is inviting you to join Him in caring for the vulnerable – but not just today! The logistics may look different for each of us, but the common denominator is the same. Our Father is the ultimate protector, and He wants us to step up for the helpless. He challenges us to “defend the oppressed.” Protect them. Advocate for them. Relieve them. Pursue justice. Show them the Father’s love, just as He has done for us.

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“Suppose a brother or sister is without clothes and daily food. If one of you says to him, ‘Go, I wish you well; keep warm and well fed,’ but does nothing about his physical needs, what good is it? In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead” (James 2:15-17).
By taking this leap of faith, God has brought you here today to be His hands and His feet. He wants you to initiate a long-term change in yourself and the lives of others.
“Let us settle the matter.” Do not ignore the needs of the neglected, and turn your focus outward. Break away from any selfishness and show those who need it most the love and mercy that Jesus has shown to you. How may we reflect the heart of our Father if we do not go exactly where He takes us to care for all of His children?

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This may seem daunting. How can you possibly accomplish all these things in your short time here? First, know that there is nothing “short” about this mission.  Have peace in knowing that our Father is here, has been here, and will continue to be here. Second, know that God measures success by our obedience. As we serve, He blesses us as He impacts the lives of those we serve. Finally, know that your ministry need not end with a mission trip or donation. The challenge “to take up the cause of the fatherless" is an ongoing commission. What you do now is just the beginning. It’s definitely not the end.

Questions to Consider:

  1. What moment/person/place/encounter has changed you recently?
  2. What are ways that you can care for the people you have encountered this week, this month, this year?
  3. What do both of these things mean for you moving forward?


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