Caring for the Orphan and the Widow

She is an expert at math, works as a professional accountant and knows how to budget well.

mother and child silhouetteAfter she and her children went through the divorce process, she looked at her budget and considered the numbers. How much did the divorce cost her, she wondered, in pure dollars and cents?

She compared their former joint budgets and her individual budget. She looked at his income, the tithe on his income, the payment for his truck, his discretionary spending, hunting costs, truck maintenance and gas, plus all the other factors that plugged in to her “wasband’s” financial standing.

The net amount of income that she lost as a result of the divorce was $240 per month or $2,880 per year.

Hmm – that number seemed familiar.

She then looked at the raise she would see as a result of her annual evaluation. Goosebumps formed on her arms.

Her raise for the year equaled the exact same amount as the income lost from the divorce: $2880.

No matter how you want to define the words “orphan” and “widow,” the fact remains that God cares for these single moms and their children.
He knows when they have been betrayed and abandoned. He is able to provide for every need, including the exact amount placed back in the budget to make up for what was lost.

God restores lives, finances, emotions and every piece of these hurting women’s hearts. He comforts like none other and makes sure that their children have food to eat and roofs over their heads. He replaces what was lost and becomes the eternal Husband and Maker.

“Fear not; you will no longer live in shame. Don’t be afraid; there is no more disgrace for you.
You will no longer remember the shame of your youth and the sorrows of widowhood.
For your Creator will be your husband; the LORD of Heaven’s Armies is his name!
He is your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel, the God of all the earth.
For the LORD has called you back from your grief –
as though you were a young wife abandoned by her husband.”
Isaiah 54:4-6 NLT

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