Thursday, March 3, 2011
i was so thrilled to run across this verse in my morning reading today. the closer we get to the adoption, the more in love i am with the fact that God has adopted us.
you know how people say they never understood their parents' love for them until they had children?
well, i've never understood God's love for us this much until we began this adoption.
here are my thoughts about it.
1) His pleasure and will. - it makes Him happy to adopt us, and He wanted to do it. it was His decision, flowing out of His radiant love. just in the way that patrick and i have longed for a child, so God longs to bring us into His family.
2) adoption to sonship. - we're adopted into His family the same way little Sam will be adopted into our family - completely, wholly, as a son. we will be his parents and he will be our son. although there will be a historical difference to how he came into our family, there will be no legal or practical difference between his presence in our family and any other child's. wow - that's how God sees us.
3) He cares for us completely. - in just the same way that we've been praying for Sam and want to be the very best, dearest, most wholesome and godly of parents for him, God cares for us utterly. that means He makes decisions in our best interest even if it hurts Him (like Calvary).
4) He doesn't count the cost. the joy of adopting us as sons is worth every drop of blood He poured out. - i never really understood this before. but as we pay for this adoption, it's increasingly clear to me - the cost is worth it - more than worth it.
so, hurray for God and His huge heart! we're adopted as sons - cherished and loved and welcomed with all the joy Heaven contains.