The Outcasts

Behold, at that time I will deal with all those who afflict you, and I will save those who are lame, and gather those who were driven away. I will give them praise and honor, whose shame has been in all the earth. Zephaniah 3:19 WEB

My brother and I went into the garden once again and picked some bell peppers to eat for breakfast. After my dad left for work, my stepmother would put my brother and I outside, and then bring her children in for breakfast. She kept the cereal in a cabinet with a padlock on it so that it wouldn't be wasted on us. She had ten children of her own, as well as three stepchildren, of which I was the youngest. Later, when we became old enough to work, she began charging the stepchildren rent to live there.

We were the outcasts, the unwanted, and we were constantly reminded that we were nothing, and that we would never amount to anything. Her kids were older than us and felt that we were trying to steal their inheritance, and so they despised us. When you are treated as trash for so long, you begin to believe it, and expect it. I grew up with baggage that would scare many psychiatrists, but my story does not end there.

After all of that mess, God sought me out and turned my life around. It turns out that His heart is for the outcasts. God sees your suffering and what you are going through. God will change your shame into praise. When God gets a hold of your life, no one can stop Him and no one can get in His way. The ones that looked down on you will have to look up in awe at what God has done in your life, just like the half-brothers of Joseph looked up to him.

If you have been an outcast, know that God cares deeply for you. I am amazed how much God cares for the lost, the outcasts, the broken. He will truly leave the ninety-nine sheep behind (Luke 15:4) in order to seek the lost out. When He has found them, He rejoices.

Know today that if you are down, that He will lift you up. When everyone else hates you, that He will still love you. When they put you out, that He will take you in. When they say that you will be nothing, that He will mold you into something. God has a plan for your life. Surrender to Him completely, and never look back.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, I thank You for Your mighty hand on my life. You see the broken and the needy. You rescue the outcasts. Lead me and I will follow You, in the name of Jesus Christ I pray.

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