First and foremost, Happy St. Patrick’s Day for all of you Irish and Irish wanna be’s. Great and godly man. I savor one of his great prayers especially.
I hope you are observing the Lenten season. And, I want to add, that one of the things that has really struck me as Lent began was this. “Get Back.” You know in evangelical Christianity in particular, and in any church, though many do not do this, there is and should be a real passion for reaching new people for Christ, to lead people to salvation. Yet, many times, we have scores of Christians, and in some degree or another, every Christian falls under this paradigm, that they have over time moved away from their first love of God and fallen into a place they should not and often do not want to be spiritually. It struck me the other day that a theme that we should embrace are those two words, “Get Back.” Get back to your first love; get back to your devotional life and church attendance; get back to where you love the Lord and others as yourself. GET BACK to where you belong. I believe Lent is a perfect time to do that.
Today, in my continuing series on LOVE, I want to send you this: God not only loves you, but He loved you before you were born. And why should that surprise you? For you who are parents, did you not love your unborn child before they were born, even if you did not know whether it would be a boy or girl? Unfortunately in our abysmal culture of death in this country, abortion has negated that in many ways. That is an abomination in itself.
God did love us before we were born. Yes, YOU. Psalm 139:15-16 says this:
My frame was not hidden from You,
When I was made in secret,
And skillfully wrought in the lowest parts of the earth.
Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed.
And in Your book they all were written,
the days finished for me,
When as yet there were none of them.
King David knew what he was saying. In fact, verse 16 in the original says the Hebrew word for embryo which means “my substance, being yet unformed.“ Bottom line, life begins at conception and abortion, my friends, is murder if you believe the Bible at all. And why not, 1 John 4:8,16 says “God is love.” God is the one who forms us in our mother’s womb. Psalm 139 also says God formed our inward parts and covered us in our mother’s womb. It says David says, “We are fearfully and wonderfully made.” AMEN.
Modern science and technology show us the process now but abortion providers are so blatantly for ending a child’s life even up to birth that it makes no difference. None of them should get any votes from any Christian.
We are all unique individuals formed by God and He loves us. Job said in Job 10:10-12, “You gave me life itself and incredible love. You guarded and watched every breath I took.” In Job 31:15 he says God fashioned him in the womb. Psalm 119 says that God’s hands have made him. And who cannot notice that when the Virgin Mary was carrying Jesus and her cousin Elizabeth was carrying John the Baptist that we are told that John leapt in the womb in the presence of the unborn Jesus? Paul said in Colossians 1:16 that God created all things.
The late Mother Theresa said that above all things, she felt abortion was the greatest destroyer of peace in our world, when a mother can kill her own child. But let me say this, God can forgive that sin as He can any, when we repent and turn to Him. And I believe that one day, that mother will see that unborn baby again in the fullness of Heaven because of God’s mercy and grace to the repentant believer.
But, remember, I said that God loves you and did before you were even born. In Jeremiah 1:5, God tells the prophet, “Before I formed you in the womb, I knew you.” God not only knows us but He formed us and as Jeremiah 29:11 says, has set forth plans for a wonderful life for you. God does not make junk. Do not let the world or the devil tell you differently.
He loves you, even when you fail. He knew your possibilities, He knows your legacy. And it makes no difference whether you are handicapped or not either. For every one of the 52 plus million babies aborted in this country, God had a plan for good things for them. Sure, like all of us, their bends in the road and challenges, but through Him and His love, there is a legacy of love and joy and achievement.
God sees in each of your lives, a finished quilt or tapestry, not just a stitch. God knows you and loves you with an everlasting love and it began before you were born. Even your adversities, in His loving hands, can work to your advantage. That, my friends, is all about LOVE. God loves you and did before you were born. And He will forever.
Next week, I will continue my Lenten journey with you as we examine more about God’s love for you and I and what it can mean in our lives.