Fearfully and Wonderfully Made

“For thou hast possessed my reins: thou hast covered me in my mother’s womb. I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvelous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well. My substance was not hid from thee, when I was made in secret, and curiously wrought in the lowest parts of the earth. Thine eyes did see my substance, yet being unperfect; and in thy book all my members were written, which in continuance were fashioned, when as yet there was none of them. How precious also are thy thoughts unto me, O God!” Psalm 139:13-17a.

Doesn’t it give you a great deal of comfort to realize that it is God who formed you? That it is God who knows your future and that He does have a plan for your life.

As believers, we also know that every unborn child is not only a person, but also an immortal soul, a person created by God to serve His purpose. And even before birth, the human fetus is precious to us, for a human being has been made, a self, a someone who will live on into eternity.

Jesus Christ recognized the child as an important person. He paid attention to children, blessed them and often used them as object lessons for adults. It seems to us that the importance of bringing into the world such an important being as a human child is staggering.

Unfortunately, today’s world does not see the coming of a child as a blessed event; in fact just the opposite seems to be true. There seems to be no place in today’s society for children, or the responsibility that they bring. People today want all they can get of the “good life”; children just get in the way. They fully choose to live in moral corruption, and they do all they can to escape the consequences. And if by some chance they make a mistake and the woman becomes pregnant, there is always abortion.

It is always interesting to read just why some women choose to have abortions. Their reasons can be as varied as the women themselves. But there does seem to be one underlying motive which seems to run through all their reasoning – selfishness. The would-be-mother of the unborn child always says, whether directly or indirectly, I did it for me.

It wasn’t too long ago that a local television station, here in the Grand Rapids area, did a series of special news reports on abortion. They looked at different women who had had an abortion; their reasons for doing so were gone over, and some time was spent on how they had adjusted to the fact afterwards. I remember one woman in particular who responded when asked by the woman reporter why she had chosen abortion. Without any hesitation, she responded that she decided to do something for herself for a change.

Abortion is not only a crime against the unborn, it is also a crime against God and His law. Man has in effect made murder legal. And since he has legalized it, it has opened the floodgates so that estimates of the number of abortions performed in this country now range into the millions.

However, I do feel that there may be a time when abortion could be considered. But only if it can be determined that the continued development of the unborn child will eventually lead to the death of the mother. But I can also feel in my own heart that any decision dealing with this factor would be a terribly difficult one to make.

But obviously what we have today is the abortion of millions of unborn children for no real reason. You can quite honestly ask yourself, how many horrors are we just going to ignore? Abortion seems to be accepted as almost commonplace today.

We are all familiar with the history of the Jews during the second world war. It is such a terrible part of world history that we must constantly remind ourselves that it really did happen. What it takes us back to is the total depravity of man’s nature. His sinful nature was allowed to completely expose itself. And even though the evidence was there for the entire world to see, the facts were largely ignored. Our ability to reject unwelcomed facts is one of the most interesting facets of our human nature.

It shocked many people years ago that a woman could be killed at leisure on New York’s streets while dozens of people systematically closed their ears to her screams for help. But the evidence is that at times we all tune out the cries of help from someone.

Ask yourselves, are we doing that with abortion? Remember, we can never compromise our Christian principles no matter what the cost. We can rest assured that soon there will come a time when just what we believe will be required of us. We dare not call ourselves Christians and not speak out against the sin of this world.