It wasn't long ago that I was driving home from work when I saw this double rainbow. It was so brilliant that people (myself included) were pulling over to take photos of it. We all know that God placed the rainbow as a sign to remember His promise to not flood the earth again. But when I see a double rainbow, I think of God's promises to care for orphans and widows. The Bible is full of passages that include both together.
One of the promises I think of is found in Psalm 68:5. David said that God is a father to the fatherless and a protector of widows. David knew God as much as anyone in the Bible and he wrote that about Him. In Deuteronomy 10:18, Moses said, "God ensures orphans and widows receive justice." He said that after spending forty days and nights in God's presence. It's clear that God Himself has made a covenant with both orphans and widows as much as He had with Noah.
God has used ordinary men and women throughout history to be a father to the fatherless and a champion of widows. He has always looked for men and women who would step up and answer that call. Today is no different than any other since the world was made. God wants to use people who are willing to say, "Here am I. Use me." His invitation goes out, but only a few ever respond. What God does with those few is nothing short of amazing. Just like Jesus multiplied the fish and the bread, He multiplies the affect one can when fulfilling His promises to others.
Every day people choose to give of their time, their resources, and their abilities to help Coreluv make a difference. What started as one family responding to that call has led to thousands giving to defend orphans so that the fatherless can have fathers. The defenseless now have advocates working tirelessly so that they have food, shelter, clean water, education, job skills and the medical care they need. God is fulfilling His covenant with them through people like you and me.
There is no greater joy than to be the very fulfillment of God's covenant. There is not a better way to store up treasures in Heaven than to be a father to the fatherless and a champion of widows. When I see a double rainbow, I smile because I know that God is reminding me that He has promised to care for orphans and widows and in some small way, I get to be a part of it. My hope and prayer is that the next time you see a double rainbow, you’ll think of orphans and widows and answer His call with, “Here I am. Use me.”
Posted on Mon, November 17, 2014
by Chris Hendrix filed under