[Stephen spoke of God's work through the life and hardship of Moses:] "At that time Moses was born — a beautiful child in God's eyes. His parents cared for him at home for three months. When they had to abandon him, Pharaoh's daughter adopted him and raised him as her own son. Moses was taught all the wisdom of the Egyptians, and he was powerful in both speech and action."
— Acts 7:20-22 NLT
Sometime, somewhere, someone who is struggling will read this devotional. She may think that she was unwanted. He may feel that his biological parents abandoned him. Each may wonder, "Why did I need to be adopted? Why didn't they love me?" Please believe that the story of Moses is for you. Sometime, somewhere, someone will read this devotional and find herself struggling. "What should I do with this baby? I can't take care of this child. I can't face the pain and ridicule of pregnancy? Why don't I...?" Please realize that this story of Moses is for you. Sometime, somewhere, someone who feels abandoned by God because of not being able to have a child through biological processes will read this devotional. Please know, the Moses story is for you.
Some of God's most significant moves of grace began with adoption. Moses was adopted by Pharaoh's daughter. Jesus was adopted by Mary's husband. Children who are adopted are not less than other children; they are children. God and their parents don't consider them "adopted children"; they are children. God created each child in his or her biological mother's womb (Psalm 139:13-16). The Father has a plan and purpose for each life. For some, their adoptive family becomes God's way of getting them in a place to live out their mission. That's what God did with Moses and Jesus. Imagine what the Father can do with us. Each of us has a story. What matters is that our story ends in glory, with a Father who loves us, a faithful family, and an older brother who gave his life to adopt us into our heavenly Father's family!
O precious Father, you know how important these words, these concepts, and your truth about adoption are to me. Please give each person who has read these words fresh confidence that you have a plan and purpose for each of us. Forgive us, and awaken us from the callousness of our hearts toward adoption and those on all sides of the adoption process. Remind us that when we sing your praises, read your word, and call you Father, we do so because Jesus paid the price for our adoption into your family. And, precious Father, please send your Holy Spirit to minister to any hidden hurts these thoughts about adoption may have stirred. Thank you for being our Abba Father. Amen.