Over the past year, God has been so merciful in speaking His heart for the widow & the orphan to mine.
In The Strength of Mercy, Jan Beazley, founder of an Oregon based adoption agency, writes this beautiful picture of God’s divine plan of adoption in making a way for us to join His heavenly family:
“As I have repeatedly witnessed the miracle of adoption, I’ve come to realize that an earthly judge does not preside alone over these human transactions. From the courts of heaven, another Judge is looking on as well. The earthly process is a reflection of a divine transaction.
Adoption holds a special place in God’s heart. After all, He sent His son so that we could have the opportunity to be adopted into his family. His Son came in mercy and intervened on our behalf when we were helpless. He bought back out empty lives. He redeemed us from the ravages of sin. He gives us His name. Everything He is and has becomes ours. He even gives us a pledge of our inheritance to come.
We come to God in less-than-perfect condition, scarred and hurt by the actions and choices of others. We carry an orphan’s broken heart. God chooses us and offers us a place in His royal family. The Son goes before His own Father, our righteous Judge, and show Him the nail prints in His hands and the scars still visible from the soldier’s sword.
When the Heavenly Judge asks if the courtrooms of heaven contain all the right documents with all the right seals to guarantee us a place in His family, our Advocate speaks confidently, “Everything is in order. Every letter of the Law has been satisfied. I have paid it all. They were bought with a great price. My blood has covered it all. They stand blameless before you. Their sins, their past lives are gone. This is my child, a part of my family. They are safe in my arms. They are promised a place in my heavenly kingdom. They are joint heirs with me.”
Once we understand the great lengths to which God has gone in order to adopt us into His family, we can only exclaim with Paul, “How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God!” (1 John 3:1).”