Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb is a reward. Psalm 127:3 (NKJV)
By You I have been upheld from birth;
You are He who took me out of my mother’s womb. My praise shall be continually of You. Psalm 71:6 (NKJV)
There is always a baby. Have you ever noticed how many of the great Bible stories have a baby? Adam and Eve were blessed with Seth after Cain killed Abel. Abraham and Sarah laughed as they gladly received their promised son, Isaac, in their old age. The birth of Samson, the Israelites’ judge against the Philistines, was first announced by the Angel of the Lord to his mother, “You shall conceive and bear a son.” (Judges 13:30). Moses, God’s leader to bring His people out of Egypt, was rescued as a baby by the Pharaoh’s own daughter. When Hannah pleaded for a son at the temple, God heard her prayers, presenting Hannah with Samuel, whom she dedicated to the Lord. The prophet Elisha, wanting to bless the woman who had shown him such kind hospitality, proclaimed to her, “About this time next year you shall embrace a son.” And “the woman conceived, and bore a son when the appointed time had come, of which Elisha had told her.” (2 Kings 4:16-17).
Yet, above all these babies came the BABY God sent to redeem all mankind, His very own Son Jesus. Rather than coming as a mighty King, Jesus came as a humble baby, born to the Virgin Mary in a dirty stable, and placed in a manger, instead of a mansion. The earthly king Herod was jealous when he heard that another King had been born, so Herod ordered all the baby boys under age two to be killed. An Angel warned Mary’s betrothed husband Joseph to flee to Egypt and Joseph obeyed, saving Jesus so He could save all mankind.
When we look back at these Bible stories we might be amazed how babies were killed unmercifully even in Bible times. We might think this is just a current problem with society, but abortion and infanticide have been breaking God’s heart for centuries. For the prophet Jeremiah proclaimed…
Thus says the Lord: “A voice was heard in Ramah,
Lamentation and bitter weeping,
Rachel weeping for her children,
Refusing to be comforted for her children,
Because they are no more.” Jeremiah 31:15 (NKJV)
Each baby and child is a precious gift from the Lord. We don’t know the plans God has written for each one. But God has already written their stories before they are even born! We can’t snuff out this life before it comes to be because of pain or poverty or preferences, because God has a plan for every human life. That plan might include saving a nation or bringing joy to a barren family.
My frame was not hidden from You,
When I was made in secret,
And skillfully wrought in the lowest parts of the earth.
Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed.
And in Your book they all were written,
The days fashioned for me,
When as yet there were none of them. Psalm 139:15-16 (NKJV)
Some of you may be burdened with the guilt of giving into society’s leading, snuffing out the life of one of these precious babies. I want you to know, you are loved! Jesus died for your sins, as He died for all our sins. Believe in the name of Jesus and be free from this burden. Ask Jesus to forgive you. God loves you so much! He and your baby are waiting for you in heaven. The ironic thing is, to be saved, Jesus tells us to come to Him as a child and be born again, just like a baby!
Jesus answered and said to him, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.” John 3:3 (NKJV)
Today’s TEA CUPP: My TEA CUPP friends, I exhort you to put the lives of babies at the top of your list of things God is calling you do. Pray for babies, volunteer at a Christian women’s center, donate to your local right-to-life organization. Ask God where He wants you to help. Most of all, choose life for your own babies.
Even so it is not the will of your Father who is in heaven that one of these little ones should perish. Matthew 18:14 (NKJV)
I call heaven and earth as witnesses today against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing; therefore choose life, that both you and your descendants may live. Deuteronomy 30:29 (NKJV)
For You formed my inward parts;
You covered me in my mother’s womb.
I will praise You, for am fearfully and wonderfully made; Marvelous are Your works, And that my soul knows very well. Psalm 139:13-14 (NKJV)
Scripture from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson