30 Nov Adoption: Both a Blessing and an Answer to Prayer
As many of you know, November was National Adoption Month. As it has now come to an end, we’d like to take some time to reflect on what adoption means to us and how it plays a role in our faith.
Adoption is an incredible blessing. It’s also an answer to prayer for many, including:
- The birthparents unable to care for their child but desperately wanting a loving home for the baby
- A hopeful adoptive couple struggling with infertility but longing to be parents.
- The precious unborn child, newborn, or older child who needs a family to care for them
Psalm 68:6 tells us, “God sets the lonely in families,” and we see examples of God’s heart for adoption throughout the Bible. According to scripture, adoption is God’s idea to protect and care for those in need. Have you ever considered the examples of adoption found in the Bible?
Moses: Through God’s direction, a birthmother’s determination, and the compassion of Pharaoh’s daughter (who became the adoptive mother of Moses), a baby who was supposed to die ended up in a position of favor and protection. God eventually used Moses to rescue the Israelites from slavery and lead them to the land of their destiny! You can read the full story in Exodus 1.
Esther: Esther’s story is a beautiful example of designated kinship adoption. Esther, an orphan who was raised by Mordecai, bravely revealed her Jewish heritage to the Persian King, and God used her courageous act to save the people of Israel once again. You can read Esther’s story in the book of Esther.
Jesus: Born to Mary through the power of the Holy Spirit, Jesus was adopted by Joseph, Mary’s fiancé. The life of Jesus and his sacrifice to save us impacted the world in a way nothing else ever will, and Joseph’s influence as the adopted father is an important part of the sacrifice that gives us all eternal hope. You can read the full story of Jesus in the book of Matthew.
You and me: Every single one of us are separated by God because of our sin. Ephesians 2:12 reminds us, “you were at that time separated from Christ, alienated from the commonwealth of Israel and strangers to the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world.” We were without hope and in need – like babies unable to care for ourselves, unable to save ourselves. God, in His goodness, provided an answer! Through our acceptance of Jesus as our Savior, we are adopted into the family of God, where we are children of the King! You can read more about becoming God’s child in Ephesians 2.
Once sin entered the world, our loving Father knew there would be struggles that would leave birthmothers unable to care for their children. He knew there would be couples unable to conceive biological children. He knew there would be precious children longing for a safe and loving home. The many examples of adoption in the Bible give us a clear picture of Jehovah’s heart for adoption.
As we enter into the holiday season and into a new year, we invite you to consider how God is calling you to join Him in supporting adoption. If you are looking for a Colorado adoption agency, or are considering “giving baby up for adoption” in Colorado, we would be happy to speak with you about your future. Colorado Christian Services comes alongside women in unplanned pregnancies and Christian adoptive couples in building families through caring, experienced, and professional adoption planning services.
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