We have all seen videos or images of children in orphanages. Some of them have been malnourished while others have been abused physically or emotionally. It breaks our hearts to see these kinds of images and to think that there are many children who are helpless and hurting – children who need love and stability.
In Ezekiel 16 the prophet used some graphic imagery to explain the origin of Israel and how from an early age she was abandoned and orphaned. However, according to verses 4 and 5, God had compassion on Israel and established her as a nation. She had been destined to die, but He caused her to live.
Hundreds of years after Ezekiel’s prophetic words, Paul explained that before we became Christians, we were in a similar position as orphans outside of the family of God. Ephesians 1:3-11 reminds us that out of His boundless love for us, it was God’s intention to save mankind through Christ since before time began.
Sadly, most of the Israelites rejected His salvation, but we can’t afford to have that kind of attitude. We must realize the significance of what has been done for us. We were alone, destitute, and destined for hell, but God brought us into His family, provided us with an inheritance, and gave us eternal life through His Son, Jesus Christ. As 1 John 3:1 says, “See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are…”
Are we grateful for our adoption through Christ? Do we show God our appreciation for His love and mercy through the way that we conduct our lives? Or like the foolish Israelites, do we reject the salvation and blessings that He so freely offers?