God's Promises for Single Women
54 is God's
special love letter to women. Originally,
it may have been addressed to the nation of
women who were rejected or deserted by a husband (verse 6)
women who face the storms of life alone (verse 11)
the widow (verse
single women without children (verse 1)
2, 3: God
has a plan and a future for single women and their children.
4: We may
feel a shame or humiliation about our singleness, past mistakes, or abuse, but
God wants to remove this burden from us. We
need not fear attacks by those who wish to shame or humiliate us.
(Note: in the Bible, widows include not only women whose husbands have
died, but also those who have lost a husband for any reason.)
5: We are
not alone. God is our loving partner
and redeemer, the One who is “there” for us.
This part is for the nation of
wants us to be free from oppression and fear.
God makes it clear that He is not attacking us.
He wants to fight for us to give us the victory.
God can use our trials to strengthen us for His purposes.
He is ultimately in control and nothing can defeat His purposes.
He promises to fight any weapons, accusations, or lies that others may
try to use against us. This is our
“right” as His servants, and in the end, He will vindicate us.
As we have seen, when the Bible refers to widows it includes not only women
whose husbands have died, but also those forsaken by a living husband (see 2 Samuel 20:3). Chera, the Greek word for widow (used in James
and 1 Timothy
) simply means “lacking a husband.” Almanah,
the Hebrew word for widow, means “a desolate place” or “bereaved.” God
cares deeply about women who are alone. The
Bible contains a great number of verses promising God’s care and help for them.
God promises to be a husband, father, provider, and protector to such women and
their children, and promises punishment to those who would harm or oppress them.
Let’s look at just a few of these promises:
He promises to uphold her cause. (Deuteronomy 10:17-18)
He will watch over and sustain her.
He is the One widows can trust. (Jeremiah
He promises to defend her. (Psalm
He promises to keep her boundaries intact.
He promises to avenge Himself against anyone who takes advantage of her.
A curse will fall on those who withhold justice from her. (Deuteronomy 27:19)
gives us many examples of how God can bring good out of difficult situations
(John 9:3,Genesis 50:20, John
,42, and Mark 8 provide
some wonderful examples). David's
psalms show that he frequently found encouragement by thinking about how God
brought him blessings during difficult times.
Can you share a story of how God has brought good out of what seemed like
evil, or brought blessings during difficulties?
Have you seen any of these promises fulfilled in your life, or in the
life of another single woman?