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Randall Nichols
Jul 15, 2017

Adoption and Spuritual Battles


The prominent theme of Jeremiah 49 is ”get outta there, the city is burning down,” or something like that. But also you can see a subtext of God saying, ”my heart is breaking for these people.”


In the process of adoption, have you ever felt a sort of spiritual heaviness? How do you process these sorts of things (prayer, worship, activism, etc.)?


If I say, ”Stepping up to adopt is like enlisting yourself into a deeply spiritual battle,” do you agree or disagree; and why?

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  • Randall Nichols
    Jul 15, 2017

    When you first read this verse what was your reaction? I’ve committed my life to the study of scripture and today’s devo was the first time I’d ever noticed this passage. On the surface it stands in such stark contrast to my understanding of orphanology that I shuddered. This couln’t be right. is this a misprint? But then I realized, I thought too much of myself. I though I was better at caring for the orphan than God. I remember times during the waiting period after we were matched with our first feeling so helpless. There was a little orphan on the other side of the planet going to bed and waking up without her mom and dad. We were her family, but we couldn’t get to her. I couldn’t protect her or comfort her. I remember begging God to be with her, to let her heart know we were coming for her. The idea of leaving the orphan feels wrong. But maybe we think too much of ourselves. Maybe if we trusted them to God’s care while we fight for their rights, maybe we could more easily see God’s provision? Anybody else wrestle with this passage? It certainly wrestled with me. What are your thoughts?