Orphaned children adopted at an older age usually struggle before opening up to their new parents. As a result prospective parents who enlist for adoption mostly prefer adopting children at a younger age – because they are less likely to cause them as much trouble. Contrary to this practice, our Heavenly Father has been adopting children of all ages and walks of life since the beginning of the human experience. He went through a lot of trouble to free us from the most unfavorable of circumstances, which the Bible depicts as slavery.
To free us from slavery God Himself became a slave! God’s modus operandi absolutely makes no sense to the human mind, but here is the outcome: God bought us freedom by paying the ultimate price, the death penalty. He subjected His Son Jesus to be killed on the cross. Delivering His Son from death as He rose from the grave, God signaled a new beginning – freedom from death’s tyranny! Throughout history believing humans have been adopted into His family as a result. This couldn’t be a transition more dramatic: from disregarded and despised slaves they become cherished and chosen children of God.
Most humans experience this transition as a bumpy road. Reading through the Bible records we notice that His recently adopted children mostly suffer from a distorted world view and need time to get adjusted to their new identity. We see for instance that the people of Israel wandered the Sinai desert for decades before they were able to shake off their prior slave experience in Egypt.
This begs the question: How long will it take for you and me to shake off our very own slave experiences? We all have our personal hang-ups, and we all have to fight against our natural tendencies that want to drag us down. The Prince of Peace is lending us a helping hand here. Jesus tells us: “Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.”