Well, are You adopted? I have been adopted twice! Once by my Earthly Father, and once by my Heavenly Father. My dad is my “Dad by adoption.” He adopted my siblings and myself when I was 12 years old. As the oldest of my mom’s kids, I have the strongest memories of my biological father, who allowed my dad to adopt us.
Though I love my dad, for years I was resentful of my biological father and couldn’t understand how a father could “give away” his kids. Although I will never understand the “why” of my adoption, the Holy Spirit has removed the resentment, and helped me consider the importance of adoption in the Bible.
During Bible times, a father could disown his biological children, but not his adopted ones. In Heaven, God our Father will never disown His children. In Romans 8:17 it states: Now if we are his children, then we are heirs-heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory. And in Romans 8:15: …The Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship. And by him we cry, “Abba, Father.” So we can never lose our place in Heaven, and in fact, Jesus is quite literally our brother by our adoption into God’s family!
Once we have asked Jesus into our hearts as our Savior, God is our Father, and says He will “…never leave you, or forsake you” (Hebrews 13:5). For those of us who have, or had, a parent that we couldn’t trust, this can be difficult to accept, but it is true. God will not lie. Once He makes a promise, it will never be broken.
This is important to teach our kids/grandkids in these days of broken homes and families, that Jesus will never leave them. Pray with them. Help your kids see Jesus moving in their lives. Help them trust Him.
See if you, too, can resolve this New Year to trust Him more, as well.