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Oct
31

More Than –Less

By

Joy Jochems - Single Moms Blogger

More is Less by Joy JochemsThe suffix –less. It means “without”. The “fatherless” are those without a father. The “homeless” are without a home. “Friendless”, without friends. “Hopeless”, without hope. Many times a “-less” carries with it a negative connotation. Careless, husbandless, jobless, faithless …

God has awakened within me a new awareness of His heart for the –less (specifically those without fathers and those without husbands). Yes, He is a loving and compassionate God to all of His people, but the tenderness with which He addresses those who are “without” in Scripture is incredible. And it’s not just a random reference here or there; He establishes it as a consistent theme!

Here’s the bottom line: God loves all the “lesses”. As I searched for verses that directly mentioned orphans (or “fatherless”) and widows (or “husbandless”), I began to better understand how God sees us: that we are so much more than a –less. Soak in a few of these truths with me. Let His words fill your –less.

God defends the -less.

He defends the cause of the fatherless and the widow, and loves the foreigner residing among you, giving them food and clothing. (Deuteronomy 10:18)

A father to the fatherless, a defender of widows, is God in His holy dwelling (Psalm 68:5).

The Lord tears down the house of the proud, but He sets the widow’s boundary stones in place (Proverbs 15:25).

Jesus Himself exemplified a heart of compassion for widows (see Mark 12:43; Luke 21:3; Luke 7:11-13).

God provides for the –less.

Psalm 146:9 says, “The Lord watches over the foreigner and sustains the fatherless and the widow…” (emphasis added).

God provided for Hagar in the wilderness when she was hopeless and husbandless and friendless (see Genesis 16). He heard Hannah’s plea in her state of childlessness (I Samuel 1). Woven into the wonderful words of Scripture are numerous instances of God providing for the –less.  Keep a list! Remind yourself often of the tender and compassionate way in which God gives to His beloved children.

God includes the –less.

During the mandated feasts, during important moments, God ensured the integration of the fatherless and the “husbandless”. Consider this example from Deuteronomy 16, where God is outlining Passover and the Feasts:

And rejoice before the Lord your God at the place He will choose as a dwelling for His Name—you, your sons and daughters, your male and female servants, the Levites in your towns, and the foreigners, the fatherless and the widows living among you.

God gives us responsibilities to the –less.

It may be that –less inhabits a certain area of your life now. Or perhaps someone you know falls into a –less category. Either way, we have a responsibility. God asks us, His people, to love and care for the -less as He does. We are warned not to take advantage of them (Exodus 22:22). We are to see that their needs are met (Deuteronomy 24:20; Acts 9:32-39; James 1:27). We are to help protect and defend them (Jeremiah 22:3; Isaiah 1:17).

The –less are not hopeless.

The widow who is really in need and left all alone puts her hope in God and continues night and day to pray and to ask God for help  (I Timothy 5:5). That’s the woman I want to be! Not consumed by my –less but by my God who can do more than all I ask or imagine or need!

He loves us.
He defends us.
He provides for us.
He includes us.
He works through us.

 

God of the Universe, thank You for loving us. Thank You for being our Defender and Protector. Thank You for Your generous and abundant provision. Thank You for including us and using us as Your instruments. Who we are in You overwhelms and overshadows and overcomes any –less that gets attached to us. You make us more than –less. 

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Joy Jochems has been in ministry literally her whole life. While Joy is actively involved with her local church as youth ministry coordinator and lends a hand at CWAHM as devotional coordinator and guest contributor, she recognizes that her primary ministry is in her home, to her children. You can contact Joy at joy@cwahm.com.

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