Did you know that God has a soft spot for sojourners, widows, and orphans? He does. The Scriptures are full of examples which speak to this wonderful truth. Here’s a few:
“He executes justice for the fatherless and the widow, and loves the sojourner, giving him food and clothing” (Deuteronomy 10:18).
“Father of the fatherless and protector of widows is God in his holy habitation” (Psalm 68:5).
“The Lord watches over the sojourners; he upholds the widow and the fatherless (Psalm 146:9a).
It’s almost as if God wants us to get the point that He considers those who are generally left without consideration. These three (sojourners, widows, and orphans) often feel unseen, unheard, unprotected, and unloved; however, God sees them, hears them, protects them, and loves them.
If God regards the unregarded, then so should His people. This was made apparent in the the Law of Moses. God commanded Israel,
“You shall not wrong a sojourner or oppress him, for you were sojourners in the land of Egypt. You shall not mistreat any widow or fatherless child. If you do mistreat them, and they cry out to me, I will surely hear their cry, and my wrath will burn, and I will kill you with the sword, and your wives shall become widows and your children fatherless” (Exodus 22:21-24).
How we treat others is a matter which God takes personally (cf. Mt. 25:31-46). Let us love others fervently with a pure heart (1 Pet. 1:22), practice the ‘Golden Rule’ (Mt. 7:12), and not close our hearts to the those around us in need (1 Jn. 3:17).
“Religion that is pure and undefiled before God the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world” (James 1:27 ESV).