What if God’s will comes in two brands: Individual and Universal.
The first answers the questions we’re asking: What should I study? Who should I marry? Where should I live? God’s individual will is for my life only. It’s often grainy, hard to get at, often not making sense until in hindsight.
The universal will of God answers the questions God most wants us to ask. Care for your enemies. Don’t steal. Take only your daily bread. God’s universal will applies to all Christians everywhere, regardless of age, denominational bent or nationality. God’s universal will is frighteningly clear much of the time, hard to wriggle around.
God wills that some Christians get married (individual will) but that every Christian respect and protect marriage (universal will).
God wills that some Christians move to Africa (individual will) but that every Christian care for the poor in some way (universal will).
God wills that some Christians become teachers (individual will) but that every Christian pass on what they know about God to others (universal will).
So where does adoption fall?
Individual (only a select few are supposed to do it) or universal (every Christian who isn’t nuts or destitute should do it)?