Published on October 9th, 2019 | by Nina Pulley
[Reflection] Protection and Deficit: God Covers You When You Have Nothing
We’ve been taught that those things that are valuable, like diamonds, gold, or a family heirloom, are protected. You have a pair of Beats in your backpack? You better make sure that you don’t leave your bag anywhere. What about those nice pair of Jordans? Floss, flex, and drip into the start of the school year.
But what about when we have nothing? We’ve often been taught that when we have nothing, we are worth nothing. But God teaches something different than that. He says:
“The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’ – Matthew 25:40
So often, this means a lot to our sisters. In Washington, DC, there were over 500 missing child cases, and the majority of them were young Black girls. So often in our society we are taught that we must have a lot, earn a lot, have money, and lots of friends to in some way prove our worth to those who we want to want us back. We are taught that in order to be wanted, proved worthy and acceptable, is to play the “game” and try to out-earn other people, be Miss Independent, pay our own bills, while also being popular or wanted to be wanted. It’s a cycle.
What happens when we are not wanted?
So many of us leave, run away, withdraw, look to other places where we can be safe and experience love. We may turn to people who do not have our best interests in mind, dying for someone to look at us with something more than dismissal.
God is not that way. He says:
“Blessed are the poor in spirit,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are those who mourn,
for they will be comforted.
Blessed are the meek,
for they will inherit the earth.
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness,
for they will be filled.
Blessed are the merciful,
for they will be shown mercy.
Blessed are the pure in heart,
for they will see God.
Blessed are the peacemakers,
for they will be called children of God.
Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
“Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you. ‒ Matthew 5:3-12
So often, we might think, “I’m not that way… I’m not perfect.” But you are. Just the way you are. And you are wanted, loved, and deeply adored, in ways you can hardly imagine. Sure, there are things that we all can work on, but that doesn’t mean we get thrown away.
So often, our society loves to discard the people who can’t earn them money. That is the opposite of love, the opposite of the way that things should be. Because it says:
For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs. – 1 Timothy 6:10
God will cover you when there’s no heat in the house. He will cover you when you have no makeup on, and actually prefers that; it gives your soul some time to breathe. He will cover you when it’s stormy, He will cover you in the rain. He will cover you, especially when you have nobody. He loves you then, He loves you now, and He loves you always. Begin to trust Him and see what He can do. Even a small prayer, a nod in His direction, and most importantly, an expectation that He will do what He said He will do. Psalm 68:5 says,
“Father of the fatherless and protector of widows, is God in his holy habitation.”
The next verse says, “God sets the lonely in families, he leads out the prisoners with singing; but the rebellious live in a sun-scorched land.”
It is pointing out the justice and the mercy of God; He gives everyone what they ultimately deserve, and in many cases, what they need to turn them around.
If you are at a point where you don’t know where to turn next, there are people who are willing and able to help you, and God will make the way possible for you.
Below are a few places you can call if you need help, and a few places you can go if you need shelter; they’re available 24/7. If no one has said it today, I love and care about you.
Center for the Abused
DC Line: 301-843-1110
National Runaway Hotline
National Human Trafficking Resource Center