Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today- January 24, 2011
“For 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.” Psalm 139:13-14
Why does a mom—even a dad travel hundreds of miles to be at the bedside of their daughter or daughter-in-law, as they deliver their grandbaby? When an infant enters the room in it’s mother’s arms, why do people stop, stare and adore the little one? Because life means something—it is a gift of God that reminds humans of His glory and goodness.
When we look at a newborn’s feet, we see the faithfulness of our Heavenly Father. When we hold their hand and count their fingers, we feel the comfort of the Holy Spirit. And when we look deep into their innocent eyes, we see the love of our Lord Jesus Christ, reminding us of His infinite existence. God’s glory glows through His divine handiwork.
Almighty God’s creation begins at conception where He instructs in wisdom and faithfulness. The Lord’s school of salvation is in session through nine prayerful months. The mother’s baby knows he or she is loved and cared for by Christ. And sin is aware of this holy force of faith in God, even as the life of the baby takes shape in the warm womb.
“Surely I was sinful at birth, sinful from the time my mother conceived me. Yet you desired faithfulness even in the womb; you taught me wisdom in that secret place” (Psalm 51:5-6).
Therefore—life is precious—because God says it is precious. It is precious at conception. It is precious through all three trimesters and birth. It is precious as a child learns to walk and talk. Life is precious when they go off to pre-school, learn how to read, ride a bicycle and drive a car. It is precious through dating, college and marriage. Life is precious in middle age, the golden years and death. Praise God, life is precious in the eyes of eternity.
So, as a child of God, praise Him for the grandeur of His glorious creation—formed in the womb and birthed with glad tidings. A spiritual life honors physical life. It’s when the spiritual life is neglected that physical life is neglected and marginalized. God-fearing people fight for the life of the unborn, the born, the handicapped, the orphaned, the diseased and the terminal. Life is precious for those who love Jesus and who are wise to His ways.
“Before I was born the LORD called me; from my mother’s womb he has spoken my name” (Isaiah 49:1b).
Do I value life, as the Lord values life? How can I humbly and prayerfully protect life?
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