Bible Ballistics: BBs #255 A Blessing Or A Bother???
We’ve talked lately about ‘choices’, and today I’d like to talk about a popular ‘choice’ topic. Life—be it the unborn, the aged, the infirmed, or the inconvenient. People make ‘choices’ every day about these issues regarding giving life, continuing life, extending life and any other related issues of “life”. I’d like to share just a few scriptures as food for thought for your consideration.
“Except the Lord build the house,
they labour in vain that build it:
except the Lord keep the city,
the watchman waketh but in vain.
2 It is vain for you to rise up early,
to sit up late,
to eat the bread of sorrows:
for so he giveth his beloved sleep.
3 Lo, children are an heritage of the Lord:
and the fruit of the womb is his reward.
4 As arrows are in the hand of a mighty man;
so are children of the youth.
5 Happy is the man that hath his quiver full
of them: (CHILDREN)
they shall not be ashamed, (CHILDREN)
but they shall speak (CHILDREN)
with the enemies in the gate.” Psalm 127:1-5
I realize that this issue is very controversial, but I’d like to challenge us to examine whether the “biblical” view of life is our view of life? The Psalmist reminds us that only that which God is in, will prosper ultimately. Just as David in another Psalm was discouraged (for a time) when he saw the wicked prospering, but God answered his question by reminding him that often “what you see” isn’t all there is.
“Truly God is good to Israel, even to such as are of a clean heart. 2 But as for me, my feet were almost gone; my steps had well nigh slipped. 3 For I was envious at the foolish, when I saw the prosperity of the wicked. 4 For there are no bands in their death: but their strength is firm…….. When I thought to know this, it was too painful for me; 17 Until I went into the sanctuary of God; then understood I their end.
18 Surely thou didst set them in slippery places:
thou castedst them down into destruction.
19 How are they brought into desolation,
as in a moment! they are utterly consumed with terrors…….
Whom have I in heaven but thee?
and there is none upon earth that I desire
26 My flesh and my heart faileth:
but God is the strength of my heart,
and my portion for ever.
27 For, lo, they that are far from thee
thou hast destroyed all them
that go a whoring from thee.
28 But it is good for me to draw near to God:
I have put my trust in the Lord God,
that I may declare all thy works.” Portions of Psalm73
It’s easy to let the corruption of the world discourage us—it did David. But then he took his discouragement to the Lord, and God opened his eyes to see the same thing that God revealed through Paul.
“Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.” Galatians 6:7
God will accomplish His purpose and righteous judgment in HIS time. But in the meantime we are to judge righteous judgment and see things not through “rose-colored” glasses but through eyes of “truth”. And that truth includes the sacredness of life. Life that “ONLY” God can and does give!!! We are to value children and not consider them an inconvenience or a bother, but know that God says they are a blessing and we are blessed to have them. We are also to value multiple children, if God so blesses us. Yet so often we hear mothers and fathers ridiculed because they have a large family—they are inundated with that hurtful (and unbiblical) question, “Don’t you know what causes that?” Or “Can’t you count?” Or in my mind the worst, “Don’t you know how to ‘stop’ having children?” If we value life and believe that all life comes from God, why have we bought into the philosophy of the world that says, “You can’t afford children”, or “You’re too young, or too old”! How do we say with one side of our mouth, “I’m ‘pro-life”, and then ridicule the very life that we “claim” to support with such a mindset and worldview? Where is our mind set? Our worldview?
We have a similar incongruity toward the elderly, the infirmed, and the handicapped, anyone that is unable to meet our “quality” of living. If life is from God then either all life is sacred—ALL LIFE—or God can make mistakes! Surely He couldn’t have intended for “them” to have life, to live among us? Right? I know these are hard questions; questions that most of us avoid dealing with as much as possible, but I think it’s time for us to think, especially those who claim the name of Jesus. If we claim to belong to God, then we ought to have a godly and biblical value system. And to have that we need to know what God says about it.
“Thine eyes did see my substance, yet being unperfect; and in thy book all my members were written, which in continuance were fashioned, when as yet there was none of them.” Psalm 139:16
God knew you and me before we were even born, and He created us exactly the way that He intended for us to be created. It’s up to us what we will do with the gift of life He has given us, both our own life and the lives over which we have influence. Our confidence and hope are in God, for it is He alone that saves and delivers, and He keeps HIS word!!!
So what is the point to all of this? Well simply put, that we examine our thoughts and actions by God’s standard not man’s! That we who claim the name of Jesus seek God’s face and ask Him what is remiss in our lives, take action to rectify any thing that God calls us to change, repent where necessary and walk in HIS ways, not our own and surely not in the world’s ways. To heed the message of John:
“This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. 6 If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth: 7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin. 8 If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. 9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” 1 John 1:5-9
It’s time for God’s people to do what God saved us to do, and that is to be salt and light in a world of corruption. We are to see life, children and ministry to all people as a blessing not a bother. It’s time!!!
“For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God?” 1 Peter 4:17