We Are Not Orphans
When we think of faith, we think of having faith for many kinds of things. Faith for healings, faith for our families, or faith in God’s Kingdom coming forth, to name a few. But the most important element of our faith is believing the fact that God loves us. We read, “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life” (John 3:16). It is a simple childlike faith we must have that trusts in the love of our Father.
Believing that God loves you personally as His child is often challenged by the problems and circumstances we face. During these times God can seem distant and uninvolved in our daily lives. In the latter half of John 3:16, the word perish in the Greek is not only referring to death, but also comes with the idea of being lost. Can you remember some instance as a child when you were separated from your parents? Maybe it was at the fair, or the mall, or the grocery store. Suddenly your security, confidence, and guidance were gone. It was like a temporary state of being orphaned.
In Jesus’ time, the word for orphan had a depth that carried with it the idea of being alone, bereaved, or fatherless. It expressed not only the practical side of having no parents, but also the sorrow associated with the lack of a loving atmosphere to grow up in. This was the separation that Christ came to end so that we would not be left as orphans (John 14:18). As we come to know and believe the love that God has for us, we find the security and peace that comes with having a loving father in our life. We come to our Father with a childlike faith that believes His love for us, simply because He said it.
John 3:16, 14:18; Eph 1:5; 1 John 4:16