Sunday, March 27th, 2016
Parent Traps (Part 37)
Overcome: By Adoption
When my father and my mother forsake me, then the Lord will take care of me.
Psalm 27:10 (NKJV)
God sets the solitary in families.
Psalm 68:6 (NKJV)
For you did not receive the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption by Whom we cry out, 'Abba, Father.'
Romans 8:15 (NKJV)
Loneliness is a surprisingly common condition, effecting parents, kids and even popular people. A startling number of celebrities take their own lives following depression, which I re-label, loneliness.
Because what is depression but a gloomy withdrawal? A feeling of isolation caused by profound sadness. King David felt this gut-wrenching loneliness. So did Job. Moses, Elijah and Jonah asked God if they could die.*
Sometimes, loneliness is borne from our living conditions, hitting widows, orphans, strangers, seniors and prisoners--or unique people considered different than the norm.
Actors, models and talent for Christ: God's great antidote for loneliness is adoption into His marvelous family. It's available for the asking. But what if you don't know the Father, nor Jesus, Who set up the whole plan? What if you're scared to enter a church or maybe met some unkind church folks? Then the church must seek out the lonely.
You're cast as outgoing disciples: ambassadors for the Son of God, Who heads His adoption agency. In this role, you must make the first move. Extend the golden invitation. Invite the lonely to your parties. Visit those who are sick or confined. Embrace those who have been forsaken.
Your offer of friendship can turn them toward God's amazing family.
To Be Continued...
* Short article: Bible Heroes who felt sad/lonely enough to die: http://www.revelation.co/2011/07/16/god-please-kill-me-now-i-wish-i-was-never-born-do-you-ever-feel-like-dying/
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Parent Traps series.