“God’s Love for Unborn Babies & Their Parents” May 25

 

God is the God of the Fatherless. He is also the God who restores those who have ended their babies lives, if they turn to Him in genuine repentance. God is a God of the fatherless, especially the thousands and thousands of babies who are killed in their mothers’ wombs every year in our country. He is also the God who restores those who have ended their babies lives, if they turn to Him in genuine repentance. He is the God who loves unborn babies and their parents.

If you have had an abortion or if you are the father of an aborted baby, there is grace and forgiveness. Go to the Lord, seek His forgiveness and restoration.

 

Today’s Readings:
2 Samuel 21 & 22
Psalm 68.1-6
Proverbs 17.2-4
John 8.28-59

 

God’s Love for Unborn Babies & Their Parents

 

Psalm 68.1-6:

God of the Fatherless

 

This psalm of praise says God is a Father to the fatherless and a defender of widows (v. 5). If we have His heart, He desires for us to be His agents in this. One of the greatest opportunities to do so is in defense of unborn babies whose fathers and mothers, while not physically nonexistent, are unable or unwilling to defend them.

I say unable, as well as, unwilling because I understand that there are times when women are coerced into abortions and times when fathers are left out of the decision altogether or unable to stop it.

Suffering, Crime & Child Sacrifice - What if you were called to endure suffering or hardship for the cause of Christ? Would you be willing to risk it all? Does crime sometimes pay? And what about child sacrifice? Is it something that only happens in pagan societies?If you have had an abortion or if you are the father of an aborted baby, there is grace and forgiveness. Go to the Lord, seek His forgiveness and restoration.

I would strongly recommend finding a biblical counselor to help you walk through it or go to someone who does post-abortion counseling. If you live in El Paso, you can contact the Pregnancy & Fatherhood Solutions, but most cities have Christian crisis pregnancy centers. Seek one out.

 

Today’s Other Readings:

 

2 Samuel 21 & 22:

Divine Judgment

 

In chapter 21 we have the story of the seven sons of Saul being executed by the Gibeonites. This is divine justice being carried out, though it hardly seems fair that it would be carried out on the next generation.

One phrase may help us understand why God allowed His justice to be carried out this way:

Verse 1, “It is because of Saul and his bloodthirsty house …”

It appears that the violence was not limited to Saul, it may have been a predominant attitude among his descendants, as well, (remember Shimei who cursed David when he fled Jerusalem, 2 Sam. 16.9-12).

No matter what, we cannot lay our own standard on it. God had determined judgment for the breaking of the covenant Joshua had made on behalf of the children of Israel. That should tell us how seriously God looks at covenants (including the marriage covenant). This may have included divine judgment of other sins, as well. Sin always produces more sin.

Merab, the mother of five of the men was the daughter promised to David when he killed Goliath, but perhaps to provoke David, she had been given to another man, Adriel the son of Barzillai the Meholathite (1 Sam. 18.19). These boys had been brought up by Michal perhaps because her sister had died. In any event, it appears she had raised them and saw them as her sons. God had closed her womb because of her scorn toward David when he worshiped the Lord (2 Sam. 6.16, 20) and now she lost these five she had raised.

Sin does have consequences and, even though God in His mercy sometimes delays, giving us every opportunity to repent and go His way, He does, eventually, execute His divine judgment.

 

Proverbs 17.2-4:

When God Turns Up the Heat

 

Verse 3, “The refining pot is for silver and the furnace for gold, But the LORD tests the hearts.”

Just as silver and gold cannot be purified without the use of heat, neither can our hearts. So God in His wisdom and desire for us to become more like His Son refines and purifies us through the tests and trials of life. Those fiery trials bring the dross of our hearts to the surface so we can deal with it, turn and go His way.

 

"The refining pot is for silver and the furnace for gold, But the LORD tests the hearts." Proverbs 17.3

 

John 8.28-59:

Sacraments Won’t Save You

 

Here Jesus challenges the Jews in their belief that they were God’s chosen people simply because of their religious heritage. He told them that the fruit of their lives, especially their failure to recognize Him, proved that their spiritual father was the devil and not God.

37 “I know that you are Abraham’s descendants, but you seek to kill Me, because My word has no place in you. 38 I speak what I have seen with My Father, and you do what you have seen with your father.”

39 They answered and said to Him, “Abraham is our father.”

Jesus said to them, “If you were Abraham’s children, you would do the works of Abraham. 40 But now you seek to kill Me, a Man who has told you the truth which I heard from God. Abraham did not do this. 41 You do the deeds of your father.”

Then they said to Him, “We were not born of fornication; we have one Father—God.”

42 Jesus said to them, “If God were your Father, you would love Me, for I proceeded forth and came from God; nor have I come of Myself, but He sent Me. 43 Why do you not understand My speech? Because you are not able to listen to My word. 44 You are of your father the devil, and the desires of your father you want to do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own resources, for he is a liar and the father of it. 45 But because I tell the truth, you do not believe Me. 46 Which of you convicts Me of sin? And if I tell the truth, why do you not believe Me? 47 He who is of God hears God’s words; therefore you do not hear, because you are not of God.”

Sadly, many people today think they’re in good standing with God because they were brought up in a certain church or because they and their parents performed all the required religious ceremonies or sacraments, but genuine salvation comes from the heart. No one can do it for you and it is not granted or conferred on anyone. It comes from a recognition of our personal sin and our need for a Savior, followed by repentance and a desire to change and go God’s way, and is validated by the resulting fruit.

 

journalWhat About You? Questions to Ponder or Journal:

What are you relying on in your relationship with God? Is it you and your works? Or is it Christ and Christ alone?

How do you respond when God turns up the heat? Do you count it all joy (Jas. 1.2-5) or are you tempted to give up on God and reject His work in your life?

Blessings,
Donna


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8 thoughts on ““God’s Love for Unborn Babies & Their Parents” May 25

  1. So much packed in here, Donna. Thank you for shedding insight and speaking truth. Do you mention the El Paso because you live near there? I lived in El Paso for several months while completing a missions internship across the border! Such a unique area, especially for ministry. Your mention that salvation is not by sacraments is particularly relevant in that area from what I remember!

    • Yes, I do live in El Paso. And you are right about both of your points. Were you by any chance working with Casas por Cristo? So glad you came by and enjoyed the post. Blessings!

  2. All wonderful points! It’s never very fun when God turns up the heat, but I do tend to feel loved as a daughter since he disciplines those he loves. I try to remind myself that God is more concerned about making me more like Jesus (sanctification) than making me happy and comfortable. Thank you for faithfully writing about TRUTH and sharing at the #LMMLinkup.

    • Yes, we do need to remind ourselves that He is working for our good, even when it’s uncomfortable, don’t we! Thanks for hosting, Brandi.

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