through His Word
by Lauren Craft
“Switch places with me, Lauren,” my grandmother would say, guiding and holding my tiny hands.
Every time we strolled on a sidewalk together, she chose the edge closest to traffic. She asked me to walk along the safer side, the side farthest from moving cars. That way, she could shield me if a vehicle spun out of control. She did this everywhere. Even in her neighborhood, where no one drove fast.
My grandmother could likely picture the terrors if a car had slammed into us. Many years later, the memory of her protective instinct reminds me of our Heavenly Father’s defensive posture toward His children. He doesn’t want us to dread what’s lurking around the corner.
In fact, Romans 8:15 (NIV*) draws a contrast between living in fear and living as adopted sons and daughters. The two are opposites. “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!’”
Growing up, I had a friend who had been adopted as a toddler, and he struggled with feeling unwanted. Because his parents had given him up, he felt abandoned and out of place anywhere he went.
As my friend learned over time, the opposite was true. His birth parents could no longer provide for him in the impoverished country where they lived, and they cared about him deeply enough to entrust him to a different home.
And his adopted parents chose him deliberately to join their family. God chooses us intentionally, too, and goes even further. He not only chose us, He created us—and continues to mold us as a Potter to clay.
We don’t need to live fearfully because of His ever-present, eternal role in our lives. Let’s explore a few ways His presence can calm our hearts.
We have an active comforter. Like the times my grandmother held my hand, our Father never lets go, either. Like a shepherd, He walks beside us when we cross into new territory. His door is open to heart-to-heart dialogue, and His Spirit stands ready to quiet our minds and extend guidance. Even when we ourselves have created trials through our own mistakes, our loving Father focuses on growing us going forward rather than lingering on the past.
Trials will all come to an end. Jesus said, “In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world” (John 16:33). If your job ends, your heart aches, or sickness invades your body, know that your Father will stand beside you every day. He will send solutions, wisdom, and caring friends. Better yet, we can look forward to His eternal house, where there will be no more death, tears, mourning, or pain (Revelation 21:4). They'll be gone forever!
Our inheritance is secure. My grandmother took me on errands despite the obstacles. Sometimes we needed something vital at the store like milk, or we needed to visit a relative. Zipping cars, stifling heat, and other difficulties we encountered along the road were worth it, because we had somewhere important to be. Similarly, the kingdom we’ll inherit as God’s adopted children isn’t merely a place where trials will end, but a destination where new joys await. Our Father will make all things new (Rev 21:5) and dwell among His people (Rev 21:3).
We can walk in freedom and purpose. Aside from inheriting our Father’s house, we also have an important seat at the table—the opportunity to make an eternal difference on this earth through the spiritual gifts He’s given us so generously. We aren’t worthy of this honor on our own. Rather, we have a Savior who bought us a new start. In Him, we become new creations, worthy of the meaningful tasks our Father ordains us to fulfill. “For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them” (Ephesians 2:10).
It’s easy to forget our true identity as God’s chosen, adopted, beloved children. In an instant, startling news reports can turn our peace into angst. Regrets can disguise the redemption Jesus earned on our behalf. And unexpected tears can blur our view of the eternal home Christ prepares for those who love Him.
Instead of dreading or fearing the road ahead, take your Father’s hand. Let Him guide, protect, redeem, and honor you along the way. Through it all, fix your eyes on the destination He’s crafted for heirs like you and me. He’ll be there, too.
What do you value most about being God’s adopted son or daughter?
*All verses taken from the NKJV.
© Copyright 2020 by Lauren Craft
Lauren Craft believes God gives each of His children a great purpose, and fulfilling that mission is one of the greatest joys we can experience before reaching our eternal home. Lauren has worked as a journalist for twelve years, aided in Bible translation, and shared her hope in Jesus Christ in the U.S. and abroad. Her writings have appeared in more than a dozen book compilations, including Breaking the Chains and Heart Renovation. Connect with her at www.sharpeyeedits.net.
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