how could she?
2 Kings 4:1-7
How is a person who neglects his or her children like the foolish woman in Proverbs 14:1?
What changes occur within the hearts and minds of needy children when we extend God’s provision? What changes transpire within our hearts and minds?
My little Ugandan neighbors, Joshua (age 10), Mirika (age 8), Ashaba (age 7), and Katseme (age 4), have had a difficult life. One day the police showed up at their small house and—in front of the children—tore off their father’s shirt and shoes, beat him, bound him, and dragged him off to jail. He was released a few days later, but returned home just long enough to announce that he had found a new wife and that he was going to live with her. The children’s mother, angry that she was left alone with four children and a newborn baby to care for, fled as well, taking only the baby with her.
In a world where many women exhibit tenacious love for their children, such as the widow in 2 Kings 4:1, it’s hard to imagine how a mother could refuse to love and care for the beautiful children she’s been blessed with. But, sadly, many parents around the world show no remorse in rendering their children “abandoned far from help; they are crushed in court with no one to defend them” (Job 5:4).
Fortunately, thanks to the assistance of friends, I’ve been able to feed Joshua, Mirika, Ashaba, and Katseme two meals a day for several months now. My friends have also enabled me to buy clothes for the little ones and to pay for their primary school education. Though the challenge to find a long-term solution for these four children remains, their needs have been met to date by God’s provision (2 Kings 4:7).
I encourage you to consider how you can invest in the lives of needy children. Ask God to lead you to a specific child or organization that could use your help. Then watch the amazing ways God will pour forth His blessing to enrich others’ lives.
NLT 365-day reading plan passage for today: 2 Kings 2:1-12
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