If you turn on a TV, listen to the radio or a podcast, you hear many people talking about babies. But they describe and think about babies different than God does.
They say babies are a choice.
They say babies aren’t a person and they don’t deserve the rights of a person.
They say it’s just a fetus or a clump of cells.
They dehumanize the unborn.
If we listen to these voices, it’s easy for us as believers to also start to feel that children are a burden, too. They are work and just another chore to complete.
But wait, here in Psalm 127:3 God tells us what he thinks.
Lo, children are an heritage of the LORD: and the fruit of the womb is his reward.Psalm 127:3
What a different perspective!
God says children a heritage and a reward. They are a fruit showing a blessing from God.
In Jeremiah 1:5, it says we are consecrated in the womb and we have a purpose for life even before we are born.
Psalm 139 says God formed us in our mother’s womb. Keep in mind this was written thousands of years before sonograms and ultrasounds.
We find in Luke 1:44 the baby leapt in his mother’s womb (reference to John the Baptist). Babies can respond with emotions.
In Old Testament law, the unborn were protected (Exodus 21:22-23). Old Testament law required the death penalty for harming an unborn baby.
As a mother, we have been given the awesome task of raising our children and teaching them God’s ways and truth. Our children are a blessing from God. They have been chosen for his purposes and made personally by Him. We have been chosen as their mother. They are not accidents or just another choice like “would you like fries with that?”
Children are made in the image of God, just as we are made in the image of God. Today, let’s embrace the gifts God has given us. Let’s reject thinking that says children are a choice and praise God for the miracle of life.