The phone rang; it was my brother telling me that my dad had just died. The death of my mother was still a bitter taste in my mouth now my dad! After I completed the normal grieving process, it hit me. I was an orphan. How silly this though was, I was already a grandmother, how could I be an orphan?
I had never considered how much I had relied on my parents. Oh not for money, or even advise, but just for the mere fact that I always knew they were there. I could always fall back on them if needed. It was actually a false sense of security; I knew that some day they would be gone.
Now it was my turn, I am the eldest and the parent. It all fell on me. How could I be so much too so many? I felt abandoned and alone: I was a orphan. At this point in my life, I had only known my earthly father. I trusted him and his love. He was a good father. When I was around him, it seemed as if I was a better person. He did not demand this of me; I just did it to honor him. Now this control, the gauge by which I measured myself was gone. It seemed like my life now had no boundaries, no controls, everything fell on me.
The interesting thing, the more I looked for me and my identity, the more I felt like an orphan. Alone, abandoned and searching for that loving parent. I had known a little about God, and had tried to read the bible as a child, but I really had no idea that he was my Father.
As I grew stronger in the word, and began to learn about my Father who art in Heaven, and how much he loved me that sense of being alone began to leave me. The word was showing me that he was my true father, my eternal father and He would never leave me.
Hebrews 13:5 Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.
There are various definitions and various groups use different definitions to identify orphans. One legal definition used in the USA is a minor bereft through “death or disappearance of, abandonment or desertion by, or separation or loss from, both parents”. a person or thing that is without protective affiliation, sponsorship, etc.: The committee is an orphan of the previous administration.
As we consider these definitions we can begin looking at our society today. How many children fit into the category of isolated, abandoned, and left to their own devises? How many children are orphans even though both parents may be living in the house? Then there are the orphans who have a missing father or missing both parents. Grandma is struggling to raise them. Where did we go wrong, how did this happen? When have the parent are gone, unattached or uninterested and they leave their children as orphans.
How do these orphans find their identity, their path? Who will take care of them?
Let’s look at some of the things God says about the fatherless.
1. Deuteronomy 24:17
Thou shalt not pervert the judgment of the fatherless:
2. Deuteronomy 24:20
When thou beatest thine olive tree, thou shalt not go over the boughs again: it shall be for the stranger, for the fatherless, and for the widow.
3. Deuteronomy 24:21
When thou gatherest the grapes of thy vineyard, thou shalt not glean it afterward: it shall be for the stranger, for the fatherless,
God provides food and recourses’ to the fatherless. Please note: he does this thru other people. He puts it on their hearts to supply for the fatherless.
Then thou shalt say before the LORD thy God, I have brought away the hallowed things out of mine house, and also have given them unto the Levite, and unto the stranger, to the fatherless, and to the widow, according to all thy commandments which thou hast commanded me: I have not transgressed thy commandments, neither have I forgotten them.
God in His commandments, tells us to give things to the fatherless.
Because I delivered the poor that cried, and the fatherless,
He delivers the fatherless
Thou hast seen it; for thou beholdest mischief and spite, to requite it with thy hand: the poor committeth himself unto thee; thou art the helper of the fatherless.
When we do not invite god into our lives we live as to be our father, we will live as orphans
We are orphans and fatherless, our mothers are as widows.
Thus saith the LORD; Execute ye judgment and righteousness, and deliver the spoiled out of the hand of the oppressor: and do no wrong, do no violence to the stranger or the fatherless,
Leave thy fatherless children, I will preserve them alive; and let thy widows trust in me.
And oppress not the widow, nor the fatherless
The Bible shows us how much God cares for the orphans (fatherless).
Yet it also points out that He is FATHER TO US ALL.
Now I ask you as the body of Christ, is that how we treat the orphans and fatherless?
God knew that our natural parents were only temporary
While I was preparing this message, The Holy Spirit let me to the Book of Exodus. I was concentrating on the specifications for building the tabernacle and for making the clothing of the Priests…It is so detailed, so precise that only God could have designed them. Then I began to understand all the precision that he used to build the tabernacle and the clothing paled in comparison to the detail and care He used in designing us and our bodies.
The clothing for the Priest was exact in color and fabric. Down to the detail of the thread that was to be used. Gold was to be hammered very thin, and then sliced very thin to make the thread to sew the Priests clothing. It brought to mind how God makes our veins, tiny, yet perfect. How could we be orphans when we are the created of The Creator?
Realizing that we are The Children of the King (script)
1. John 1:12
But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name
2. Romans 8:14
For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.
Yes we miss the love and protection afforded to us by our natural fathers. We thank God the father for them, but when we realize that He is our father our orphan status is eliminated. How can we be orphans when our father is the creator of it all?
As His children, we are to find the natural orphans on this planet we are to lead them to their true father. We are to share the gospel with them, which is The Good news. Remember that God is your father, so that you are never again known as an OPRHAN.
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