Hope for Adoptive Moms: Day Seven
how adoption shows God’s love
By Erica Willis
Read: Acts 7:20-22
A baby is beautiful in the sight of God. From the moment they are created in the womb, God knows and sees them. That means every person God creates is worthy of love and compassion, and they are valuable simply because He says they are. He loves them without measure. No person earns God’s love. It is given without holding back. This is never truer than with adoption.
“At this time Moses was born, and he was beautiful in God’s sight. He was cared for in his father’s home for three months. When he was put outside, Pharaoh’s daughter adopted and raised him as her own son. So Moses was educated in all the wisdom of the Egyptians and was powerful in his speech and actions.” (Acts 7:20-22)
As a child, Moses’ life was over before it had begun. Because the King of Egypt was worried the Israelites would become too large a people group for them to control, he commanded the midwives to kill every baby boy they delivered. They did not obey him, and Moses was one of the children who was allowed to live. In an act of bravery and love for her child, Moses’ mother hid him in the reeds of the Nile in a basket at three months old. The King’s daughter found Moses and adopted him as her own son. Just like God, this woman showed unconditional love to a child that didn’t earn it, deserve it, or ask for it. She handed it out freely, though she had been commanded to reject him.
This is our job, mamas, with our adopted children. Every day we look into the face of a promise given for another woman to birth, and given to us to parent. It is a relationship born from tragedy and healed in the hope of Jesus. Unlike adoption, the world tells us we must “qualify” for love. We must be good enough and make a big enough contribution to be worthy of this life and the love that comes with it. But you and I know the secret of God’s love: it is given freely and abundantly, no qualification needed. This is the love of God, and this is the love of adoption. No matter our age or physical disabilities, our gender or our race, we are all loved. Reach out to the broken, the weary, the lost. Bring hope to the hopeless and comfort to the hurting. Most of all? Bring love to those the world calls unlovable, because we were once unlovable ourselves.
Scripture Meditation: “This is how we have come to know love: He laid down his life for us. We should also lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters.” 1 John 3:16
1. When was the last time you felt truly loved? What made that action or moment valuable to you, so much so that you still remember it? How can you express that love for others around you?
2. What does it mean to be “adopted” into the family of God? How does knowing you are eternally God’s daughter help you love others? How can it spur you on to love God deeply?
3. Pray about someone you may view as difficult to love. Ask God how to love them, even when it is hard.
Prayer: God, teach me to love more like you every day. Please show me how so l can parent my child(ren) with a heart that never requires love be earned. Help me give love freely and reflect the love of Jesus to my family. As I am adopted into God’s family, help me always open my arms to those that need adoption, physically or spiritually. Thank you that I never have to earn your love. You are the best example of an adoptive parent!