For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.
For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father. (Romans 8:14,15)
For months, I’ve been praying for and following a family who is adopting a child from out of country. That adoption process is fraught with peril and can be stymied at any one of a hundred points in the process. But once we saw a picture of the child, we were immediately in love and took the baby to our hearts.
One of the things I prayed about was that the transition to the new family would be joyful, not wrenching for the child. It was a delight to hear that the baby took to the family immediately, even preferring the adoptive mother to the foster mother who had been the caretaker since birth.
However, the report comes back that each morning, as the child wakes, there is a bit of confusion, and things need to be re-settled before the child is again happy and content.
It’s something like that when we are adopted by God. We want to live in the Spirit of God, but we are confused anew by the pull of our old flesh.
That’s why it’s so important to stay in the Word. We need to reorient our spirits to the Spirit of God daily – multiple times daily – because we live in a world which would pull us back to the life of the flesh.
Help us to stay oriented to You, not to the pressures of this world. Give us the strength to resist the pull of the flesh. Help us to see those who are struggling and grant us the grace to help them as well.
In Jesus’ most precious name.