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a baptist view of adoption

You are not an accident

By Rick Warren, Author, Purpose-Driven Life and founder of Saddleback Church, Lake Forest, California

Your birth was no mistake or mishap, and your life is no fluke of nature. Your parents may not have planned you, but God did. He was not at all surprised by your birth. In fact, he expected it.

Long before you were conceived by your parents, you were conceived in the mind of God. It is not fate, nor chance, nor luck, nor coincidence that you are breathing at this very moment. You are alive because God wanted to create you! The Bible says,

Because God made you for a reason, he also decided when you would be born and how long you would live. He planned the days of your life in advance, choosing the exact time of your birth and death. The Bible says, "You saw me before I was born and scheduled each day of my life before I began to breathe. Every day was recorded in your Book! ” (Psalm 139:16 – LB)…God left no detail to chance. He planned it all for his purpose. The Bible says, "From one man he made every nation … and he determined the times set for them and the exact places where they should live.” (Acts 17:26 – NIV)

Nothing in your life is arbitrary. It’s all for a purpose.

Most amazing, God decided how you would be born. Regardless of the circumstances of your birth or who your parents are, God had a plan in creating you…. While there are illegitimate parents, there are no illegitimate children. Many children are unplanned by their parents, but they are not unplanned by God. God’s purpose took into account human error, and even sin.

God never does anything accidentally, and he never makes mistakes… every person was designed with a purpose in mind. God’s motive for creating you was his love. The Bible says, “Long before he laid down earth's foundations, he had us in mind, had settled on us as the focus of his love.” (Ephesians 1:4a – Msg)

God says, “I have carried you since you were born; I have taken care of you from your birth. Even when you are old, I will be the same. Even when your hair has turned gray, I will take care of you. I made you and will take care of you.” (Isaiah 46:3-4 – NCV)


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