Dearly Beloved in Christ, I greet and bless you in the name of our Creator, Maker, and Ever Unforgettable Lord Jesus Christ. The Blessed word that the Lord has given for you today is from the book of Isaiah 1:17 “Learn to do right! Seek justice, encourage the oppressed. Defend the cause of the fatherless, plead the case of the widow.”
From the above verse we come to understand that God commands us to do the right thing to seek justice, and encourage the oppressed. God wants us to defend the cause of the fatherless and to plead for the case of the widows. The Bible says, “For in You the fatherless find compassion.”Therefore we need to “Defend the cause of the weak and fatherless; maintain the rights of the poor and oppressed. “He defends the cause of the fatherless and the widow, and loves the alien, giving him food and clothing. God further says, “I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you.” The Bible says, according to all these verses mentioned above that God is sympathetic towards the widows and the poor and the desolate. He cares for them. He knows all the trouble that they go through in life. They have to manage everything by themselves without the help of man power. Not only that as they are left alone to meet all the challenges, but they go through a lot of shame and humiliation in the society. They are often misunderstood in the society. I have often heard people say at such women, “She does not know how to live.”May be if the husband had been good she would have lived a happy life. They take up this burden, as long as they live, and die in sorrow.
To such kind of widows, this day God is saying that He will do justice for them. We often consider those who have lost their husband by death as widows, but there are women living as widows even though their husbands are alive. For some reason or other they are pushed into being left alone like widows. They are not able to live together as husband and wife. The Devil has separated them. He does not want them to enjoy their family life. There is no any kind of relationship. They don’t share anything with each other. As a result their heart becomes hard against one another. Some women concentrate in the well being of their children. Some concentrate in their work. Some women who are childless suffer all the more. God desires that husband and wife should enjoy family life that is why God made man in His own image and formed a suitable woman to be his life partner. Because God found that it is not good for man to live alone. Many women are crying saying, when will this situation change. Today God is going to bring about judgement to such kind of widows who are struggling. God is visiting their houses to rectify their pathetic situation.
God never likes to separate families. Many widows are saying, “Lord I have not received justice in my life. Bring back my husband and help me live together. Husbands might say Lord bring back my wife that we might live together. I see that many are waiting to re-join with your spouse. When Ruth and Boaz came together, the people rejoiced and said, “Just as Rachel and Leah built the house of Israel, may the Lord bless you both to live your life.” God gave another opportunity for Ruth, to live her life with Boaz, who had lost all hope as a young widow. God will rejuvenate your life also. God bless you.
Prayer: Our loving heavenly Father, we thank You for this blessed day. Dear Lord, we are glad to realize, that You desire that we enjoy happy family life. And that we must live happily as husband and wife. But many of us are like widows, consider us O Lord. Help us to live our lives cheerfully and boldly in this society. Give the people good heart to recognize such women and be of help to them. Strengthen such widows in the Lord, to live a holy and chaste life glorifying God all the days of their life.