Apart from reading a novel by Dickens, few of us have encountered a true stereotypical orphan. But if we take time to really think about it, we will find that we have a lot in common with those who have no parents in their lives. Consider these orphan thoughts and feelings - can you relate to them?
If I don't provide for myself, no one else will. I am alone.
If anything good is going to happen in my life, I will have to make it happen.
I do not believe that I am really worthy of a good life. That is for other people.
I must continually protect the stuff that is mine. I acquired it. I need it.
I continually feel like I'm the outsider. I don't think that I am welcome.
I'm convinced that others are looking down on me - even when I am not doing anything wrong I feel guilt and shame.
These are only a few of the thoughts and feelings a true orphan feels - there are many more. In our hearts and souls, many of us think/feel the same way. The 16th century reformer Martin Luther taught that at the root of every single sin are two false ideas: God is not Good and God is not for us. You and I believe these false ideas every day and they lead us to worry, selfishness, self-medicating, depression, isolation, etc. Orphan-thinking is in all of us. But there is Good News.
The Good News of the Bible is that God adopts orphans like us as His very own children (1 John 3:1). God is for us (Romand 8;31, 38-39)! As a loving and active Father, He provides all that we need each day - in fact He provides abundantly (Ps 103:13; John 10:10). Jesus came not only to erase our sins, but to reconcile us to God the Father - to make us sons and daughters of the King (Romans 5:1,10) We are invited to call him Our Father. Abba.
Our convictions (worldviews) produce a variety of emotions and behaviors. Look beneath the surface of your life to identify the beliefs in your soul. When you find in your heart the beliefs of an orphan, the Lord calls you to believe His words “I will not leave you as orphans" (John 14:18) "To all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God..." (John 1:12)