Predestined to Adoption

Predestined to Adoption

Ephesians 1:5 Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will,

I know a little about the subject of adoption. I was adopted into the family of Leo and Maggie Eddmenson in 1956. They made arrangements to adopt me before I was ever born. Before I ever took my first breath they chose me to be their own. I had no voice in the matter. I had no decision to render. I couldn’t speak, I couldn’t communicate. I had no ability to rationalize or think for myself. I was totally oblivious to everything that was going on. You could basically say that though I had just been born, I was dead to having any voice or say in my destiny. They picked out my first name and gave me their last name. They made a commitment for the rest of their lives, to the best of their ability, to see that only good things happened to me. They were absolutely wonderful parents but in the providence of God, they left this life and are no longer with me.

But I have a heavenly Father who has made me His son and has promised that He will never leave me or forsake me. He has adopted me by Jesus Christ to himself according to the good pleasure of his will. He chose me before the worlds were ever made. He chose my name and called me by His grace when it pleased Him to do so. He causes, ALL THINGS, everything, to work together for my good. He found me dead, naked and bloody and he covered me and He made me His own. I wandered far from home but He caused me to come to my senses and return to Him. I am His Prodigal son. He provides for my every need. He causes me to cast all my care on Him, for he cares for me.

Dear friends, He does not just care about me, he cares FOR ME. (1 Peter 5:7) He sees that I have everything I need and all that He requires, in Christ His precious Son. In this adoption I had no say so, for he chose me and caused me to come to Him before I was ever born.Romans 8:15 tells me that I have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby I may cry, Abba, Father. Whenever I cry in trouble and distress He hears me.

O, my earthy parents were loving, caring and sacrificed all they could for me. But my heavenly Father sacrificed His Son, His only son, that I might become one of His many brethren. (Romans 8:29) My earthly adoption was by the will, purpose and grace of God, but much, much, more importantly was my heavenly one.

David Eddmenson David Eddmenson

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