Read: “Even before he made the world, God loved us and chose us in Christ to be holy and without fault in his eyes. God decided in advance to adopt us into his own family by bringing us to himself through Jesus Christ. This is what he wanted to do, and it gave him great pleasure.” Ephesians 1:4-5 (NLT)
Reflect: My 4-year-old son was squatting near me, watching bugs as I worked in my flowerbeds. He looked up at me with tears in his eyes and said that his sister wasn’t really his sister. On further probing he revealed that his friend had told him this. She said that since he was adopted, he also wasn’t actually our son. I assured him that she was wrong, that the four of us had stood before a judge and agreed to be a family forever, no matter what. There were several times over the years that we reminded our son that there was nothing he could do to make us stop loving him, that when we decided to adopt him, we meant he would always be ours.
This has been a year of bad decisions and big consequences for him. Earlier this year, as I sat crying and praying for my son, I remembered years earlier crying and asking God for a child. My prayers changed and I thanked God for the gift of my son. I told God that I was so proud to be his mom, and it wasn’t because of his accomplishments but just because he existed and was mine; that during these months of stress and hurt, I actually renewed my commitment to my child and loved him deeper instead of withdrawing. In that moment I heard God whisper to my heart that I finally was getting it…that this is the way he loves us.
God made the decision to adopt us as his children. We may have times where we question whether he can truly love us, whether we are truly his children. The things that we “do” don’t make him love us less or love us more. He loves us because we are his and he will walk with us, supporting us through every trial—even the ones we cause ourselves.
React: Spend some time alone with God this week just to feel his love. Let him remind you that you truly are his child.
Pray: Thank you, Lord, for loving us just because we exist and are yours. Help us to love others with this same kind of love.