For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry, “Abba! Father!” (Romans 8:15 ESV)
Two months ago this week, my husband and I stood in the entryway of the orphanage, watching with earnest as each of the children passed by. Some clung to toys. Others held snacks. Many wore the remnants of recent tears. All were precious.
And then we saw him.
After twenty-nine long months of praying, hoping, and waiting, we saw our son. He was sweet-faced and happy and ours.
The most overwhelming reality was this: Our love was instantaneous. From the moment we saw him, there was nothing we wouldn’t do to protect him. Above all, he was our son for now and always.
See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God (I John 3:1 ESV)
Here is the certainty for every son or daughter that belongs to God:
God’s love is instananeous. His forgiveness is absolute. His protection is assured. His trust is worthy.
No sin, setback, habit, or weakness can eliminate us from the family of God. We are His. It is not conditional, temporary, or reversible. God loves us as our Father. There is nothing God wouldn’t do on behalf of His own. As the King of the universe, God’s loyalty to us is extraordinary.
Because of that–from the moment of our adoption–we can live with confidence that we belong to Him for now and always.