July 5 - God, the Family Man

By Julie Kraus

Today's Scripture: 1 Chronicles 2:1-7

Central Thought: God has a cure for loneliness.

    One day when our daughter was little, she came in from playing quite worried. She wondered how she would ever find a husband. With a smile, I told her not to worry. I would pick out her husband for her. She ran off to play, happy and relieved.

    Time has passed, and in a few days she will be marrying a wonderful young man. I am happy to say she picked the groom without my help. However, we all believe that God Himself is bringing together this young man and young woman as husband and wife.

    The genealogies are all about family with its highs and its lows, its successes and its sins. Psalm 68:6 says, 'God sets the lonely in families.” God never intended for any of us to be lonely. The family is God's idea; it is His cure for loneliness.

    The Bible uses tender family terms to describe the relationship between believers and God. God is our Father. Jesus calls Himself our Brother. We are the Bride of Christ. Marriage is a picture of the Church's relationship with God. Believers in the New Testament church referred to one another as brother and sister. The Church is to be a place of family, a place of nurturing, and a place of growth.

    If you are feeling lonely, remember God has a cure for loneliness. He wants to you to be part of His family, to be His child, and to know Him as your Father. Is someone near you lonely? Reach out to him or her with God's love. There's always room at the Father's table.

Devotional Prayer: Father, thank You for making me Your child and bringing me into Your family. Help me to be sensitive and caring with my brothers and sisters in the faith. Help me to share Your love with those who need You.

Today's Bible Reading: 1 Chronicles 1:1-2:17; Acts 23:11-35; Psalm 3:1-8; Proverbs 18:14-15