June 25, 2017

June 25, 2017

PSALM 66-69

Focus Verse: A father of the fatherless and a judge for the widows,
Is God in His holy habitation.
God makes a home for the lonely;
He leads out the prisoners into prosperity,
Only the rebellious dwell in a parched land.
Psalm 68:5-6

 

This is a great description of who God is. And you know what really sticks out to me in this description? God never leaves anyone out. Everyone is included in the kingdom of God. God searches for and finds the lonely, the ones no one else includes. I’m not talking about the cool, hipster, lone wolfs (God does love hipsters too though). I’m talking about the ugly, the rejected, the mocked, the scorned.

 

Maybe you would put yourself in that category. You go to church, school, work, everywhere it would seem, and sit by yourself. No one asks how you’re doing, except the person at the grocery store, but you know they don’t really care. God makes a home for you.

 

And how can we be ultra-sure of that? Because His own Son didn’t come to earth as one of the cool kids. Jesus didn’t hang with his parents in the palace, He wasn’t born among kings and princes. He was born in a filthy manger with animals. Isaiah 53 tells us that there was nothing in Jesus’ appearance that would make Him attractive…He was ugly. Jesus became ugly and unpopular here on earth so that we could be made beautiful and popular in heaven. He came to make a home for the lonely, to be a Father to the fatherless and to bring justice for the widows.

 

Now here’s the thing for us: if this is WHO God is…then this is also who we are called to be! This means that when you go to church, when you go to school, when you go to work, it is part of who you are to make sure that no one is left out. Does this mean you have to talk to some awkward people? Yes. Does this mean that you have to get uncomfortable? Yes.

 

There was no one who Jesus wouldn’t talk to. There is no one whom Jesus doesn’t include in His salvation. Therefore, there is no one who should have to walk through this life alone. Do your part today to make a home for the lonely. Include them. Bring them into your group of friends. You just might find yourself becoming more and more like Christ!

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