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Are children always a blessing from God?

God is clearly present in the creation of every human life, according to the Bible. Psalm 139:13-18 is the most vivid illustration of this. David was moved to praise God because God had sovereignly overseen his creation. David also mentioned that God had all of the details of his life planned out before the beginning of time. God confirms David's thoughts in Jeremiah 29:11, saying, "'For I know the plans I have for you,' declares the Lord, 'plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." Of course, this raises an excellent question. What about children born through rape or illegitimacy? Although the parent or parents responsible for that child may not "feel" like that child is a blessing from God, the manner in which that child was conceived does not negate the fact that God sovereignly oversaw its formation in the womb, as David claims. Regardless of how a person is born, God has a plan and a purpose for their life. If this were not the case, the Bible would not have stated it. God loves us so much, according to the New Testament, that He sent His Son to die for us (John 3:16).

This is the same love that drove the Savior to teach the disciples God's Word and to demonstrate God's love for us by dying and rising from the dead (1 John 4:7-8). God's love for us and desire to bless us knows no bounds. The purpose of God's creation of man was for him to have fellowship with Him. According to First John 4, once we recognize this, we are able to love others. Whether or not we see every child as a gift from God is determined by how much we see him as God sees him. When we see each child through God's eyes, there is no doubt that each one is a blessing from Him. We would doubt that blessing if we looked at that child through the eyes of sin, because we focus on the creature rather than the Creator.

It is God's desire and plan for each child to be born according to His plan for us, which is marriage. Even if this does not occur, God's love and care for the child cannot be discounted. God's thoughts for His people were indeed precious and innumerable, David concluded in Psalm 139:17. The most practical application of this can be found in Matthew 1: Christ's lineage. We recognize those who have failed in life in some way and those who were born of illegitimacy and sin throughout the names. This did not change the fact that God's Word was fulfilled, and man was blessed with salvation.


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