Ever since I got married, people always ask me two questions:-
i) When are the babies coming?
ii) How many babies do you want to have?
Makes me wonder if the sole reason people get married is to make babies. Oh well…
A couple of months after I got married a friend of mine asked me how many children I would like and I indulged her in the conversation. I think I said 2 children. The way the conversation went shifted my thoughts and attitudes towards children, positively:).
My wise friend said, “If you have 4 children and I have 5 and another person has 4 those are 13 children.” It is about raising a generation of individuals who will love God and live for Him.
She reminded me that we are supposed to raise a generation. Hmm, it’s very easy to forget about the mandate to “be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it.”(Gen 1:28a). It is easy for life to cloud this mandate; I mean… it is a common view that babies are expensive business…there are diapers to buy and I can’t forget the clothes that they seem to outgrow by the day. What truly drives the point home is school fees, have you seen how much schools are charging nowadays? Oh my, a school in this day and age sounds like a good business venture. All in all, children are ‘loaned’ to us by God, at the end of the day they belong to HIM. Yes, you are a steward and He is a good God who will provide for them and give them HIS BEST.
Gen 1:28b says “Rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air and over every living creature that moves on the ground.” If you have not subdued the earth by taking your position of authority how then will you raise a generation to be who God created them to be?
Children come from God, yes, He is the one who gives children and knits them in their mother’s wombs. Looking at sonograms is proof of the miracle that happens in the womb. He gives children in HIS own Divine time. Sometimes it may seem like they have come too early or late but He is GOD. He knows the right time for the children’s lives to begin and in every situation, all the glory belongs to Him…not to your contraceptive or lack thereof but to God.
So when are my husband and I having children you may ask? At God’s appointed time! That they may be children of promise Gal 4:23.