At One Community Church, each week we present words of reflection by one of our partners in the form of a devotional. This week’s devotional was written by Rhonda Gist. Be blessed!The Word:
“God makes a home for the lonely; He leads out the prisoners into prosperity, only the rebellious dwell in a parched land.” Psalms 68:6 (NASB)

The Story:
About 3 years ago, I joined a life group; a small group of people that meets on a regular basis to share life and study God’s word. My group consisted of 6 other adults of similar age and life stage. One of the men in the group was a widower who was about 20 years older than the rest of us. We wondered what he had in common with our group, but welcomed him anyway. We all soon bonded and realized that we had become like family, but we were his only family. While this man had a heart for serving and loved the Lord, he was difficult at times. He often asked for money, food and other favors. At times he seemed ungrateful, and could be grumpy and annoying. We helped as we could because it was the right thing to do. Rather unexpectedly, he passed away. Because his family could not be located, our life group stepped in and made funeral arrangements. There were over 120 people at his funeral service! People talked about how he had touched their lives over the past few years. As I sat in the service with tears in my eyes, I looked around and realized that this was an amazing family that God had given him. Not only did this family know him, but they also loved him very much. While I was attending these weekly life group meetings, I never realized that we were part of fulfilling God’s promise to set the solitary in families. I just thought I was enjoying good food and Christian fellowship. Not only did this bless my heart to see God’s promise played out, but I’m even more determined to be open to the people God brings into my life.

The Reflection:
How is God using us today to fulfill His promises? Are we open to the people that God brings into our lives- even people that may be difficult to accept, love and understand?

The Application:
This week, let us ask God to have open hearts to those the Lord brings into our lives to help us fulfill His promises. Let us pray that we can face challenges with love and grace.

The Prayer:
Lord, thank you for the promise of family. Help us to grow and be open to doing our parts in Your plan, especially when it’s not easy and we don’t understand. Amen.