Day 13 Devo - The Gift of Life

Read the following verses carefully, and think about them.

He chose to give us birth...  (James 1:18a)

So God created man in His own image...  male and female He created them.    (Genesis 1:27)

O Lord, You are our Father.  We are the clay, You are the potter; we are all the work of Your hand.  (Isaiah 64:8)

...You created my inmost being; You knit me together in my mother's womb.  I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Your works are wonderful, I know that full well.  ...Your eyes saw my unformed body.  All the days ordained for me were written in Your book before one of them came to be.  (Psalm 139:13-14,16)

"Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart..."     - God      (Jeremiah 1:5)

As you can see clearly from these verses, God the Father is the giver of life.  He created us because He wanted to, and for no other reason.  We did not ask to be created, and we certainly did nothing to merit it.  Life is a gift.

We also see that god created us in His own image.  God wanted children - plain and simple.  That was His plan.  He desired to pour out His great love on us, and cherish us for all  eternity.  The only thing He ever wanted from us was our love.  The only reason we exist is to know the great love of our Father, and to give Him love in return.

A baby conceived in a mother's womb did not ask to be created.  The miracle of life is a gift from God, who is the giver of all life.  This unborn baby's life is not just the product of the human parents.  If you want proof of this fact, just think about this:  What father can consciously determine what his baby is going to look like when born?  What father can decide his child's natural intelligence, or the character traits the child is born with?  What father can choose the sex of his child?  If the human parent has so little control over the design of the child, how could he or she be the real giver of life?  On the other hand, notice the intricate attention to detail our Heavenly Father gave to each of us as we were formed in the womb!  We truly are "fearfully and wonderfully made!"  Notice that He knew us completely before we were even conceived, and He already had a plan for our lives!  The unborn baby is God's child, created in His image, created by Him, and created for Him.  God said it.  God also said:

"You shall not murder."  -God  (Exodus 20:13)

"Let no one be found among you who sacrifices his son or daughter."   -God (Deuteronomy 18:10a)

"See that you do not look down on one of these little ones.  For I tell you that their angels in heaven always see the face of My Father in heaven."  -Jesus Christ  (Matthew 18:10)

Point to Ponder:

Abortion is the murder of God's children.  Only God gives life, and only He is worthy to make the choice to take it.  The good news: When we repent, God forgives and heals!

"If My people, who are called by my name, shall humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land."   -God    (2 Chronicles 7:14)