25 bible verses and devotions about adoption

Adoption and foster care is a beautiful picture of God’s love. The Bible is clear that we must support, in one way or another, people and ministries that further the Kingdom through adoption and foster care. True religion is caring for orphans. These families are often bombarded by stress, waiting and trouble. Through these bible verses on adoption, and devotions about adoption, we hope to raise awareness and encourage those who are in the battle for these children’s lives.

Bible Verses About Adoption

1 Samuel 1:27

I prayed for this child, and the Lord has granted me what I asked of him.

2 Corinthians 6:18

“I will be a Father to you, and you will be my sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty.”

Acts 7:21

When he was placed outside, Pharaoh’s daughter took him and brought him up as her own son.

Deuteronomy 10:18

He defends the cause of the fatherless and the widow, and loves the foreigner residing among you, giving them food and clothing.

Hosea 14:3

Assyria cannot save us;
we will not mount warhorses.
We will never again say ‘Our gods’
to what our own hands have made,
for in you the fatherless find compassion.”

Isaiah 40:31

but those who hope in the Lord
will renew their strength.
They will soar on wings like eagles;
they will run and not grow weary,
they will walk and not be faint.

Isaiah 1:17

Learn to do right; seek justice.
Defend the oppressed.
Take up 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.

Jeremiah 29:11

For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

Matthew 25:40

“The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’

Matthew 18:5

And whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me.

Proverbs 13:12

Hope deferred makes the heart sick,
but a longing fulfilled is a tree of life.

Proverbs 31:8-9

Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves,
for the rights of all who are destitute.
Speak up and judge fairly;
defend the rights of the poor and needy.

Psalm 82:3

Defend the weak and the fatherless;
uphold the cause of the poor and the oppressed.

Psalm 146:9

The Lord watches over the foreigner
and sustains the fatherless and the widow,
but he frustrates the ways of the wicked.

Psalm 68:5-6

A father to the fatherless, a defender of widows,
is God in his holy dwelling.
God sets the lonely in families,
he leads out the prisoners with singing;
but the rebellious live in a sun-scorched land.

Psalm 10:14-18

But you, God, see the trouble of the afflicted;
you consider their grief and take it in hand.
The victims commit themselves to you;
you are the helper of the fatherless.
Break the arm of the wicked man;
call the evildoer to account for his wickedness
that would not otherwise be found out.
The Lord is King for ever and ever;
the nations will perish from his land.
You, Lord, hear the desire of the afflicted;
you encourage them, and you listen to their cry,
defending the fatherless and the oppressed,
so that mere earthly mortals
will never again strike terror.

Psalm 127

Unless the Lord builds the house,
the builders labor in vain.
Unless the Lord watches over the city,
the guards stand watch in vain.
In vain you rise early
and stay up late,
toiling for food to eat—
for he grants sleep to[a] those he loves.
Children are a heritage from the Lord,
offspring a reward from him.
Like arrows in the hands of a warrior
are children born in one’s youth.
Blessed is the man
whose quiver is full of them.
They will not be put to shame
when they contend with their opponents in court.

John 1:12-13

Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God— children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God.

John 11:52

and not only for that nation but also for the scattered children of God, to bring them together and make them one.

Galatians 4:4-5

But when the set time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those under the law, that we might receive adoption to sonship.

Ephesians 1:5

he predestined us for adoption to sonship through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will—

Romans 8:14-17

For those who are led by the Spirit of God are the children of God. The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship. And by him we cry, “Abba, Father.” The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children. Now if we are children, then we are heirs—heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory.

Romans 8:23

Not only so, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for our adoption to sonship, the redemption of our bodies.

Romans 9:4

the people of Israel. Theirs is the adoption to sonship; theirs the divine glory, the covenants, the receiving of the law, the temple worship and the promises.

The fight for children is real. Whether you’re talking about fighting trafficking, fighting against abortion or just fighting for adoption, there is no excuse for Christians to stand on the sideline. 

If you want to be front and center, knee deep in spiritual warfare, then fight for life, fight for the unborn, fight for the orphans and children in need of foster care. 

Pick up your Bible and read the numerous stories of how we’re adopted into God’s family and then pick up your sword and go into battle.Now is the time to read and equip yourself to fight for LIFE!

Below are some devotions about adoption so you can better understand how God calls us all to support these ministries and services that are fighting for children. Learn from the struggles of adoptive parents as they battle through the long and tedious process of adopting. 

Devotions about Adoption

Adoption Series: Day 1

Adoption Series: Day 1

The word adopt means to take by choice another’s child and bring it up as one’s own child. The act of adopting brings with it emotions of deep sorrow and loss but also of great joy and healing.

Adoption Series: Day 2

Adoption Series: Day 2

I knew I was called to adopt many years ago, long before I was married or even entertained the thought of being a mother. I have even referred to myself as the unlikely mother.

Adoption Series: Day 3

Adoption Series: Day 3

My God knows my child and knows us, and most of all knows the exact time our paths need to cross. Some days the wait seems just so very long and daunting, like standing at the end of a hallway that never seems to end.

Adoption Series: Day 4

Adoption Series: Day 4

I turned while in the midst of the fire so weak and needy, to realize my King was standing there ready to catch me so I wouldn’t fall into the flames. Lean in friends, weak and needy, He is there.

Adoption Series: Day 5

Adoption Series: Day 5

Remember how I said that I am self reliant to a fault? Well, it turns out that the Enemy loves that part of me. He loves to exploit it and to make me miserable.