Posted by: mamaamy | March 13, 2008

On Wanting Babies

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‘For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and they will become one flesh.’ (Genesis 2:24, Matt.19:4-6, Eph.5:22)

Very often mothers and women who desire to have children will focus their attention on the children or the desire for children, forsaking their dedication and commitment to their husbands. In considering this, I feel like the Word to me was, “What completes a woman is union with her spouse.” Children were never meant to complete us. When we marry, we become one. We (husband and wife) are like Christ and the Church and are to be an example of this in this life. Wives honoring, adoring, submitting to, praising, being faithful to, our lords as the church is to its Lord. This is the great mystery. This union creates completeness. The two become one.

Now the Bible says much about children. As we search the scriptures about children we see that God uses the multiplying of children or barrenness (often temporary)

1.) For training, as with Sarah (Gen. 16:1), Rachel (Gen 30:1), Hannah (I Sam 1:2) etc.

2.) To move events forward in the realm of time as seen in these passages: Jacob showing favoritism to Joseph (Gen. 37:3) Multiplying the babies of the Israelites (Ex. 1:7-12) Herod slaying the children (Matt. 2:16) etc.

3.) And also to bless, as is clear in this passage: Lo, children are an heritage of the Lord; and the fruit of the womb is His reward. As arrows are in the hand of a mighty man; so are children of the youth. Happy is the man that hath a quiver full of them: they shall not be ashamed… (Ps. 127:3-5) etc.

God uses children in the lives of men and women for many purposes but He never uses them to complete a man or woman. That can only come from the relationship of husband and wife. When our desire is for our husband and we fully give of ourselves to him and him alone, and we enjoy the union of the bride to her husband, then the fruit of that love grows in us and we bear forth the glory of God in the form of offspring. The husband must be the beloved first. (Song of Solomon)

Now that is not to say that it is bad to want children, in fact that is God’s own desire. God created man to have heirs. We, being made in his image, will also want children. Those that choose His only begotten Son as Lord of their life become the church–His bride. He desires that we be fruitful and multiply. It was the first command given, but this came after He took the woman from the bone and flesh of man to give her unto him as “the help meet for him.”(Gen 1:27-28, detailed in 2:20)

The Lord’s timing is perfect and it comes from His perspective of seeing things with eyes eternal. You are His beloved and He desires that you express your love for Him by loving your lord, your husband, fully and completely. The fruit of your love will follow. Be at peace.

In Psalms 113:9, it is said: He maketh the barren woman to keep house, and to be a joyful mother of children. Praise ye the LORD.

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