Saturday, July 9, 2011

I have Doubters.

Yes. It's true. I have people in my life who doubt. They doubt me. They doubt God. They wonder if they should say something. "What if..." they formulate their questions that stem from their doubt. " don't have enough money," "...the judges rule against you," " break that little boy's heart because you can't get him home?"

On the spot, I'm not very good. Answers rarely pop into my head, but their questions mull. 

They roll around. And around.

My God is MIGHTY. My God loves. His very definition is LOVE. His heart breaks for the fatherless. The orphan makes Him cry. Wouldn't these children remain homeless and family-less if we followed the fears of the doubters? (I really should pose that question to them!)

Let's take a quick look at what God's Word says about these beloved children who are left fatherless in this world: 

Deuteronomy 10:18
 He defends the cause of the fatherless and the widow, and loves the alien giving him food and clothing.

Deuteronomy 14:29
The fatherless and the widows who live in your towns may come and eat and be satisfied, and so that the LORD your God may bless you in all the work of your hands.

Deuteronomy 24:17
Do not deprive the alien or the fatherless of justice...

Deuteronomy 27:19 
“Cursed is the man who withholds justice from the alien, the fatherless or the widow.” Then all the people shall say, “Amen!”

Psalm 10:14
You [God] are the helper of the fatherless.

Psalm 10:17-18
 You hear, O LORD, the desire of the afflicted; you encourage them, and you listen to their cry, defending the fatherless and the oppressed

Psalm 68:5-6
 A father to the fatherless, a defender of widows, is God in his holy dwelling. He places the lonely in families.

Psalm 82:3 
Defend the cause of the weak and fatherless; maintain the rights of the poor and oppressed.

Psalm 146:9
 The LORD watches over the alien and sustains the fatherless...

Isaiah 1:17
 Learn to do right! Seek justice, encourage the oppressed. Defend the cause of the fatherless, plead the case of the widow.

James 1:27
 Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.

Micah 6:8
He has showed you, O man, what is good. 
And what does the LORD require of you? 
To act justly and to love mercy  and to walk humbly with your God.


That little tour of Scripture was pretty impacting. God's Word is true. It reflects His heart. And it's abundantly clear that He loves the fatherless and He wants us to too.

So...perhaps it comes down to a question of FAITH.

Do we (you fill in your name here!) have the FAITH to believe that God will accomplish His passions, purpose and will in OUR lives? I think we quickly want to answer yes. But slow down a bit, do you R-E-A-L-L-Y mean YES?????

Faith says, "I'll adopt even though I don't have the money upfront." And right now it's saying, "We'll fly to Uganda using up our adoption money and trust Him to provide the rest when we need it."

Faith says, "Yes," when asked to adopt a child with a special need.

Faith says, "I may not have what it takes right now, but I believe He'll supply all my needs just as He promises."

Faith says,  "I'll do whatever it takes," knowing full well that the path may be full of great obstacles and  be asked to go through extreme difficulties. But one also knows the strength does not lie in oneself, but in the God they trust.

What IS the cost of obedience anyway? Let's go back to the book and just see:

Luke 9:23
 Then he said to them all: “If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me.

John 12:24
 I tell you the truth, unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds.


 So, just because this is HARD it doesn't mean I'm supposed to stop? 


And as Brian so often reminds me, "Everyone wants to have miracles in their lives. But not many people are willing to be in the place to NEED a miracle." He's so right. Who wants to seek out being desperate???? 

No one wants to be desperate. No one wants to be uncomfortable. Yet it is in that very state that we experience God as our Rescuer, our Healer, our Provider. that worth it to you? Is obedience to God--a very act that will put you in a DESPERATE state--worth knowing your God as MIGHTY? Are you willing to exchange some comfort for knowing God better? 

So, dear doubters, I say to you: I have no idea what we'll do in these "if" situations you create for me. But I know that MY GOD DOES, and that's good enough. Yep. It is. And I guess for you, well, you'll just have to watch and see.


  1. LOVE THIS Amy!! We're getting some of the same questions (even tears of concern at what bringing a toddler into our home might mean...which I think is ludicrous, because of all the scary things I think about, toddler-hood isn't on the list. 3 is still really young.) I'm trying to REST in being misunderstood and having my faith look to others like ignorance. I guess I can't say we weren't warned :). Thanks for being an encouragement!!

  2. dear friend, sweet Amy. My heart is sad that you have doubters in your life. But you are right when you say OUR GOD IS MIGHTY...AND HE LOVES THE FATHERLESS...AND HE CALLED US - YES MANY OF US - TO CARE FOR THEM. It is not easy, it is not all planned out with rainbows and unicorns, it is often messy, hearts GET broken in the process...that is ALL true! But, what YOU can offer this precious child in Uganda is a HOME where husband loves wife, wife respects husband, children follow their parents...and God's love is abundant! And the first time your little man sings a song, or skips down the driveway humming a tune, or turns to his brother and simply hugs will KNOW, this was all worth it!

    Hang in there, sweet sister! You don't have to know all the answers to the "what ifs..."...after all, who can guarantee anything about tomorrow? THAT is the whole point of faith and adoption - the two go hand in hand!

    Enjoy the journey you are on...we are praying for you daily!

  3. yep. we're willing. and looking forward to continuing to watch how God is bigger than any little box this world can put Him in.
    blessings, amy.

  4. A hardy AMEN!!! from this corner. He is faithful. period. :)


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