The Bible says of God: He is a Father to the fatherless, defender of widows (single mothers) — this is God, whose dwelling is holy. God places those that are alone in families and He brings out those who are bound into prosperity; but the rebellious dwell in a dry land. (Psalm 68:5, 6)
Allow me to break this verse down into bite size pieces.
Father and Defender
God is real. He loves and cares deeply for children who don’t have their dads (for whatever reason), and the women who are left to raise them alone. He also feels the same about those that don’t know either of their parents.
He can be and wants to be a Father to your children: that is to love them, provide for them, and be there for them to give them counsel and instruction. He also wants to be your defender if you will let Him. You are always on His mind. This is the character of God the Father in His holiness.
He wants you and your children to be surrounded by loving, supportive people including your family and friends and a loving church family so that you will have a good support system.
Some of you may not desire to be married but if you do, know that God will give you that desires of your heart. You don’t have to settle for less and you don’t have to pretend that you don’t want to be married.
God desires for you to have a good, godly husband so that you can know the satisfaction and joy of a pure and holy love relationship and your children can see that modeled in their lives and have an earthly father that models God’s love to them, whether they are young or they’re all grown up. (1 Timothy 5:14 and 1 Corinthians 7:11)
You can ask God for a husband, and as you prepare yourself to be a wife for the first time or even after divorce the right man and the right moment will be presented to you. However, neither a good man nor a good marriage comes so easy, so in the meantime and actually for all time the Lord is your Husband. Enjoy Him!
(I’m not saying that you can be happy without a husband and I’m not saying to make this your greatest aim. I’m simply saying that marriage is God’s plan and if you want to be married, voice your request to God. Even if you decide that you want to stay single or for whatever reason you never get married God still has a good plan for you.)
Bondage and Prosperity
God desires that you know authentic joy and surpassing peace, fulfillment and success in Him. He doesn’t want you to live in lack or poverty.
Prosperity is not only about having money, though that is part of it. It’s more about finding your place in God and your calling in life, whatever that may be and doing it well. It’s about being able to support yourself and your family comfortably and contentedly so you don’t have to beg, borrow or be dishonest (steal). God wants you free from very form of bondage and pain, past and present. He wants you free to serve Him, love him and do the same with the people around you – serve and love them. There is one catch: you have to be willing to go through the process and allow Him to lead you out of anything that holds you back and into the plan His has for you.
This leads me to my final point:
Rebellion and Dry Land
All of God’s promises find their yes and amen in Christ Jesus (2 Corinthians 1:20), meaning you have to be in Christ for them to work. All of His promises have contingency clauses: (If, then statements). You must be willing to obey His Word, follow His instructions, and honor His name. If you decide to do things your own way you will reap the consequences, however it doesn’t matter where you’re starting from today, if you decide to obey Him you will reap the fruit of righteousness.
P.S. Here’s a link to this week’s Video Devotional: The Ministry of Mothering