I had a great dad. He was a long way from being a perfect man, but he was a great father. There were four of us: three daughters and the youngest of us, a son. My dad loved us all, and never one more than another. As each of us grew from infancy to adulthood, I watched my father’s heart grow ever softer towards us. By the time the grandkids started arriving he was as soft as moist clay and they each wrapped him around their tiny fingers until he was all theirs.
BABIES ARE SPECIAL IN OUR FAMILY; THEY ARE WANTED, THEY BELONG TO US AND THEY ARE LOVED.
Down through the years, whenever we needed him, Dad was always there. He always came to the rescue, no matter what; and he never judged or condemned. He might counsel with us, but we knew that with Dad we were always welcome, wanted and loved. In that, my mother and my father were equal; always full of love and never turning away from us even if we might deserve it.
I think that is why it has always been simple for me to understand God’s love for mankind; because I had a father that reflected our Heavenly Father’s heart which He put into each of us. Not everyone is so fortunate. Many people in this world never get to know or experience the love of a father…..or a mother; and I have seen many such people in my lifetime and some right in my own family. It’s heartbreaking to encounter a child who is not loved, to look into their eyes and see the pain there. But the love of God can transcend the lack of love even in the life of a child.
I have known too many who grew up without much love in their home lives, but who went beyond that lack when they encountered Jesus. I have seen how even a small act of kindness can help a child….or an adult….gain enough strength to face life with renewed hope. Children look for someone to show love and kindness to them and it does make a difference in their lives. It might be a teacher who comes into their life for a season, or maybe a neighbor…or just a random person they meet somewhere – a clerk in a store, a kindly person on the street – someone who makes them feel a warmth and a love that encourages them. Maybe that someone could be you, showing a little love and kindness to someone whose need you might not even be aware of.
God loves the little children. Jesus told the disciples to be patient with the children because “of such is the kingdom of heaven” (Matt. 19:14) God hates the shed of innocent blood…(Pro. 6:17). It was one of the reasons that God caused the children of Israel to go into captivity in Babylon. They were sacrificing their children on the altars of BAAL. It’s one of the reasons that America is in such a terrible state;….abortion, the murder of thousands of babies every year. Our children are brutalized, sexualized, molested, abandoned and mistreated. As individuals it is difficult to do much about all the horrors that the children who are unloved face, but we can make an effort, but that is not to say we can’t do anything about it. It starts with one act of kindness.
It starts with giving the most vulnerable of all peoples the right to a chance to live: the unborn who are brutalized in ways too horrible to think about; but think about it we must. If we do not fight for their lives then who will? The mother who doesn’t care….or perhaps has allowed herself to believe the life within her isn’t valid or viable? Certainly not the abortionists who have grown cold and callus to the acts of murder they commit. ABORTION….the greatest evil of our day. It is hard to understand how anyone could kill these little innocents and feel no remorse, no pity and no shame.
II Tim. 3:1-4 “But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days. People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self control, brutal, not lovers of the good, treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God…..”
Isaiah 5:20 “Woe to those who call evil good and good evil.”
I Tim. 4:2 “The Spirit clearly says that in later times some will abandon the faith and follow deceiving spirits and things taught by demons. Such teachings come through hypocritical liars whose consciences have been seared as with a hot iron.”
The Bible tells us that God formed us in the womb and that He knew us even before our parts were formed. That means that we are alive to Him from conception to birth and beyond. Ps. 22:9 “Yet you brought me out of the womb; you made me trust in you even at my mother’s breast. From birth I was cast upon you; from my mother’s womb you have been my God.” Isaiah 44:2 “This is what the Lord says…he who made you, who formed you in the womb….” Isiah 49:5 “And now the Lord says — he who formed me in the womb to be his servant….” Jeremiah 1:5 “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you.” Ps. 127:3 “Children are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb a reward.” Ps. 139:13 “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..”
God formed us in the womb, He knew us from conception, He has relationship with us from the time we are babies, and babies are a blessing from Him. His Father’s heart is grieved because of the murder of all the babies <62 million here in the USA since Roe V Wade>. Proverbs chapter 6 tells us that there are six things that God hates and one of these is the shedding of innocent blood. Israel turned away from God and was sacrificing their babies and children to idols in ways that was brutal and horrible so God allowed their enemies to overrun them and carry them away into captivity. Biden is trying to expand abortion in America, but states are now rising up in opposition and taking a stand against this holocaust. It is time for Christians in America to turn back to God and His Word. Too many have lost their way and no longer know…or even care…what God has to say about the death of the innocents; and too many who do know that this is a great evil in our land don’t want to “get radical” and take a stand.
God has not called us to be cowards or to stand idly by while evil flourishes. There more than 50 verses where God tells us “be strong and of good courage”, and He expects us to do just that. Take a stand. Do not be afraid. If God is with us who can stand against us?! I believe America is turning around, but it is going to take all of us and it isn’t going to be easy. But the results will be glorious for victory belongs to the Lord and we belong to Him too.