We long for miracles as believers. We pray for God to break in and do mighty works, we pray He will somehow surprise us with a work we can’t achieve by human hands. Yet He gives us that ability to be a part of that, if we will accept the invitation.
Adoption, whether naturally by legally adopting or spiritually by intentionally becoming family to the spiritually orphaned and fatherless, is a miracle in which we have a choice. Most miracles are subject to us praying in faith and believing the Lord will break in, but in adoption God invites us to partner with Him in a miracle.
I believe if we grasped this reality we’d be far less concerned with having our space crowded and far more concerned with seeing the power of God break in on a daily basis.
My friend Natalie wrote recently about the conflict in many hearts about adding to a family, even with a birth child, let alone an adopted one. Her blog touched my heart deeply because it held so much truth, both from the heart of God and the struggle of us, His people.
We cannot emphasize enough that God is a God of adoption. The very cross around which we build our faith paves the waves for us to be adoptive family of God. But often when we think of that, we are grateful for Jesus and His cross making a way, but we shrink back at getting messy ourselves. I’m preaching to myself here, folks. It’s easy to idealize the idea that the cross was messy, that spilled blood was messy, but that was Jesus, and that needy kid, that orphaned child, that fatherless problem in the church, well, that mess might be a bit too much because we’re not God in the flesh or something. But really it’s a lot less messy than a curse:
Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet
Before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the Lord.
And he will turn
The hearts of the fathers to the children,
And the hearts of the children to their fathers,
Lest I come and strike the earth with a curse.” (Malachi 4:5-6)
This passage says the fathers, and it’s not limited to the person whose sperm is responsible for fertilizing the egg. That definition is far too narrow.
Mike Bickle says this about turning the hearts of the fathers:
“It is miraculous when powerful men turn their heart to give their resources to children who cannot give anything back to them that increases their influence. The fatherless are those without a father in their life, not just orphans. God’s power as seen in Elijah’s ministry will draw attention to children as the focus of God’s end-time justice purposes.
1) Turn the hearts of natural fathers to their natural families.
2) Turn spiritual fathers (men and woman) in the Church to mentor younger people.
3) Turn the fathers in society (church, government, marketplace, etc.) to the fatherless.
And he adds a statement that deserves our attention and meditation:
“If you want to be involved in the priority of the Holy Spirit in the generation the Lord returns then lock into valuing children the way God does.”
Sometimes the fatherless are literal orphans, babies or children with no family who need natural adoption. Sometimes they are spiritual orphans who God places in our paths who haven’t known spiritual parenting, who need direction, possibly to be raised up to be deliverers themselves—those who are rescued often become powerful rescuers.
A supernatural heart-connect of turning fathers to children (or mothers—this isn’t about gender but about hearts) is a miracle. We are not conditioned to look at those not in our family as our family. We are not in a society that says to take in other people, whether naturally or spiritually. That’s a task for a “select few,” we think, at least subconsciously if we won’t say so out loud, not the masses. But it’s a literal miracle, a supernatural unity of hearts that only Jesus can bring, but which can only come when we make a choice to partner with Him.
There are few instances in which we get to choose to participate in a miracle, outside our choice of following Jesus into salvation, but this is one of those times. Anyone who has been a part of adoption, natural or spiritual, can tell you that God changes hearts supernaturally in the midst of this.
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Let’s continue to pray for a Malachi 4:5-6 reality in the midst of this broken culture. May the hearts of the fathers and mothers be turned to the children. May we see the heart of Jesus and not the curse on the land.
LifeNews Note: Susan Michelle Tyrrell is the editor of Bound4Life’s blog.