(PART 1 of 2):
“My body.” “My choice.” “My situation, you don’t understand.”
Life is full of unknowns, but it is not uncharted. Life is full of complexities, but has purpose. Though difficulties are plentiful, even a lost hope can be found!
As you do not know the way of the wind,
or how the bones grow in the womb of a woman with child, so you do not know
the work of God who makes everything.
– Ecclesiastes 11:5
Though many questions of life remain, we decide how we value it!
Did not He who made me in the womb make him? And did not One fashion us in the womb?
– Job 31:15
“Only one way,” the world boos at Jesus’s exclusion. Yet with respect to abortion, the world charges it as the “only and best way” for that woman.
God says conception is not just a byproduct of a sexual encounter or intimate moment. Pregnancy, the fruit of the womb is the fearfully and wonderfully fashioning of a Holy Trinity’s design imprinted by sanctity. To end such a life on choice is the human will usurping life’s glory at the altar of the ‘god of convenience’. God’s value on life cost Him His own life.
Do I share His viewpoint? Do I share His compassion?
The womb is where the sanctity of life, hope in life, and help in life is conceived. A place where the continuum of life has its beginning.
Sanctity of Life
Sanctity of life is “made in secret, intricately woven in the depths of the Earth” (Psalm 139:15). Before life is laid bare to human knowledge the Holy God writes in His book “every day of the life, even before there was one of them” (Psalms 139:16). The wonders of God’s works is manifested in His crowned jewel of creation, human life. God did not initially create and then let us go. He still knits us together and “our soul knows it very well” (Psalm 139:14). Life is a miracle. Give pause to that.
Human life exists solely because
it is fearfully and wonderfully set apart!
“Set apart from what?” we might ask.
“To be led in the way everlasting, in the ancient way,” comes the divinely purposed reply.
“What is the ancient way, and who can know that?” we retort.
“Stand by the roads, and look, and ask for the ancient paths, where the good way is; and walk in it, and find rest for your souls,” the weeping prophet answers.
Hope in Life
Life has a mysterious reward.
Observe, children are a heritage from the Lord. The fruit of the womb a reward.
– Psalm 127:3
Life is made to be born from the belly, but is sustained by the womb (Isaiah 46:3-4). Why? All human life passes through the womb. It is no mistake in the Holy God’s descent as the Son of God, the Anointed One, the Messiah “whose coming forth is from old, from ancient days,” as the “promised seed,” would begin at conception (Micah 5:2; Genesis 3:15; Luke 1:31, 35-36; 41-55). What was hidden to the world was gloriously crowned with the shepherd’s reaction to “Let us go over to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has made known to us” (Luke 2:15). The Giver of life would become the Redeemer of life to offer eternal life for all who believe on the name of the Lord Jesus Christ. So that Colossians 1:18b-23 would become a sacred song to our souls.
“…He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in everything
He might be preeminent. For in Him all the fullness of God was
pleased to dwell, and through Him to reconcile to Himself all things,
whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of His cross.
And you, who once were alienated and hostile in mind, doing
evil deeds, He has now reconciled in His body of flesh by His death,
in order to present you holy and blameless and above reproach
before Him, if indeed you continue in the faith, stable and steadfast,
not shifting from the hope of the gospel that you heard, which has
been proclaimed in all creation under heaven…”
TWO Choices remain in how we value living out our days before God.
We first must acknowledge the Author of life, “the One who sees the thoughts and emotions” understands the heart of the matter (Psalm 7:9).
1.) To esteem the womb in fearful wonder, and fashioned praise. “From my mother’s womb” King David praised in his prayer for help in suffering and aging.
On you was I cast from my birth, and from my
mother’s womb you have been my God.
– Psalms 22:10
Upon you have I leaned from before my
birth;you are He who took me from
my mother’s womb.
– Psalms 71:6
2.) To be at odds with the womb. “Estranged from the womb” King David warned in his cry against injustice.
The wicked are estranged from the womb;
they go astray from birth, speaking lies.
– Psalm 58:3
You have never heard, you have never known,
from of old your ear has not been opened.
For I knew that you would surely deal treacherously, and that from before birth
you were called a rebel.
– Isaiah 48:8
Derision for life does not come as a surprise to God, the Giver of life. Rejection of redemption does not shock the Savior. God’s way of compassion is constant, He offers His love and eternal life to the world, to anyone who will believe in Him (John 3:16).
The Lord is near to all who call on Him,
to all who call on Him in truth.
He fulfills the desire of those who fear Him;
He also hears their cry and saves them.
– Psalm 145:18-19
The world’s way of compassion is to value life with the whims of convenience. Shocking as it may sound, even a mother may forget compassion for life, but God will not forget!
Can a woman forget her nursing child,
that she should have no compassion on the son of her womb? Even these may forget,
yet I will not forget you.
– Isaiah 49:15
written by Michelle Kelso Kafer