God will use willing hearts to reach out to those in need

Published 3:56 pm Thursday, November 16, 2023

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From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

Dear Rev. Graham: Is it wrong for me and my husband to want children? We have not been blessed with any of our own and were even willing to adopt or become foster parents, but obstacles prevented us at every turn. Now that we are older it doesn’t seem wise, yet we wish we could invest in children in the name of Jesus. – C.C.


Dear C.C.: One of the oldest stories and one of the most marvelous miracles to be told is that of Abraham and Sarah. Sarah had been childless all their married life, and she was approaching the age of 90. Could anything be more impossible? How could anyone blame this couple for doubting God’s promise that they would someday have their own child?

But God gently reminded them that nothing is too hard for Him. And the following year the impossible happened. Isaac was born. God fulfilled His promise to Abraham that he would become the father of a great nation.

Believe God for His provision and be tuned into what He may have in store. Natural births or even adoptions may not always be God’s plan, but He will use willing hearts to reach out to those in need. Many people find great joy in reaching out to college-age kids away from home. God will always open doors to those who seek Him and want to make Christ known to others.

Make it a point to know God’s will, for it is the highest of all wisdom. As we move in the direction we believe God is directing, we must trust Him to close doors He doesn’t want us to go through and to open those that will bring His blessing. “Trust in the Lord … in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths” (Proverbs 3:5–6, NKJV).


(This column is based on the words and writings of the late Rev. Billy Graham.)