Friday, June 3, 2011

Help! I'm a Single Parent!

A family with only one parent used to be an exception, not the norm. Now, it seems lots of children are growing up in a single-parent home. Most of them are fatherless. Single parents can sometimes feel hopeless as they struggle to raise their children alone. Does God have anything to say to single parents?

Listen, God is for you as a single parent. Regardless of how you became a single parent you must realize that God loves and cares for you. David says this in Psalm 27:10, “My father and my mother have forsaken me, but the Lord will take me up.” That’s good news! God will take you up and care for you when a parent is absent. God can and will meet your needs. He’ll be a dad when there isn’t one. He’ll be a mom when there isn’t one. He will be whatever you need Him to be because He is all-sufficient. He is, as Psalm 68:5 says, “a father of the fatherless and a judge for the widows.” God acts on behalf of the woman who has been abandoned and abused. Psalm 146:9 says, “He supports the fatherless and the widow and prevents the way of the wicked.” If you are struggling as a single parent then run to the Lord for your strength, wisdom, defense, and comfort.

Let me also remind you of this: God has not forgotten you! He sees everything and knows everything. God will always provide for you. God is the only way out of your circumstances. Listen, you have to give the welfare of your children over to the Lord and not any other organization or agency. God knows the mess you are in and the plans to get you out of it. Hagar named her baby Ishmael which means “God hears”. Every time she called his name she would remember that God hears her (See Genesis 16).

God is your supply. He will show you how to make it on one salary. He will show you how to put food on the table. Hear this: God will be a husband to you. Isn’t He that to the church anyway? We are His bride and He is our groom (Ephesians 5:21-33; Revelation 19:7). God said He will never leave or forsake you (Hebrews 13:5). If you are living faithfully to please God then you have this promise, regardless of your marital or financial status.

Jesus understands your situation because at one time He was the son of a single mom. Scripture indicates that at some point in Jesus’ life Joseph was not around anymore. When Jesus was on the cross, He told John that he would have to care for Mary (John 19:26-27). He knows what you are going through. Hebrews 4:16 says Jesus knows and sympathizes with you because He too has been there.

Maybe you’ve been away from the Lord. That’s the beauty of His Grace. Maybe your past has been bad but that doesn’t have to stop you from the blessings of tomorrow! Turn back to the Lord and watch Him turn your situation around. He will truly “supply all you needs according to the riches of His glory in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:19). God knows how to get you from where you are right now to where He wants you to be. Don’t stop waiting on and trusting in the Lord! He will take care of the things you can’t. Remember, God said, “I know the plans I have for you: plans to prosper you and not to harm you and plans to give you hope and a future.”

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