God has blessed our lives with nine wonderful children. Most people today would consider this to be exteme. There was a time we would have thought so, too! We used to make all of our decisions in life based on what our culture said we should do – we didn’t know any better – it’s what everyone did.
Enter the Lord in our lives, and the reality that truth is what God says, not what man says. Before we became Christians, “we” were on the throne of our lives. We did what was best in our own eyes, which usually came down to doing what we wanted to do or what society said we should do to be acceptable. After becoming Christians, God began to show us that we needed to take “us” (and the culture) off of the throne and put Him on the throne (where He rightly belongs). This meant that we would follow His will, not our own, and do what is right in God’s eyes, not our own.
How do we know God’s will? First and foremost, by reading and searching out the Bible. He gave His Word to us to show us who He is and what His will is. That is why we have it! Here are some truths that we found upon searching out Scripture:
1. Children are a blessing from the Lord. This is spoken in plain words as well as principle throughout Scripture. Children are always referred to as a blessing in Scripture, never as a curse.
“Behold, children are a gift of the Lord,
The fruit of the womb is a reward.
Like arrows in the hand of a warrior,
So are the children of one’s youth.
How blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them;
They will not be ashamed
When they speak with their enemies in the gate.”
Psalm 127: 3-5
Some other verses to check out are Psalm 128, Leviticus 26:9 and Mark 10:13-16. This is just the tip of the iceberg on God’s view of children. I don’t intend to give a full theological thesis here! – just sharing what we’ve found – please check out God’s Word for yourself prayerfully – He has promised to show us truth.
2. God is the creator. He has, in His beautiful plan, allowed us to participate, but He is the One who opens and closes the womb. He is the One who creates new life.
“Know that the Lord Himself is God;
It is He who has made us, and not we ourselves;
We are His people and the sheep of His pasture.”
Also look at Job 33:4, Isaiah 43:1, Job 10:8-12, as well as numerous examples of God opening and closing the womb throughout the Bible (read Hannah’s story).
3. God is God. He is in charge. He is sovereign. He is omniscient – He knows better than I do what is best in any given matter. It is His place to decide who He wants to create and when He wants to create them. He is the Potter, I am the clay – it is not my place to dictate to Him what He is to do. He is transcendent – He is so far above man and man’s meager thoughts.
“Yours, O Lord, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the victory and the majesty, indeed everything that is in the heavens and the earth, Yours is the dominion, O Lord, and You exalt Yourself as head over all.”
I Chronicles 29:11“For My thoughts are not your thoughts,
Nor are your ways My ways, declares the Lord.
For as the heavens are higher than the earth, So are My ways higher than your ways
and My thoughts than your thoughts.”
See also Isaiah 45:9, Daniel 4:34-35 and Jeremiah 18:6.
4. Life isn’t about “me” – it’s about God and His plan and His glory. His love for us is greater than any love we can comprehend, but that does not cause Him to bow to us and worship us – we are to bow to Him and worship Him. This is easier when we understand how much He loves us and wants what is best for us (and He alone knows what is best for us). His love went all the way to the cross for us -
“But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.”
Romans 5:8“I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me.”
Life isn’t about “me”. It is about serving, trusting and glorifying God. His will is the one that matters – His will is the one that is perfect. And He is the one who deserves and receives all the glory.
“Oh, the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His judgments and unfathomable His ways!
For who has known the mind of the Lord, or who became His counselor?
Or who has first given to Him that it might be paid back to him again?
For from Him and through Him and to Him are all things. To Him be the glory forever. Amen.”
These days the term “quiverfull” (derived from Psalm 127) has been coined to refer to trusting the Lord for the blessing of children in His time and in His will. It is not about having a large family – it is simply about receiving with gratitude the blessings that the Lord has planned for us – whether that be many, few or none. It is about trusting Him to determine when and how many children will be born in our family, rather than trying to control this ourselves.
I will be posting a Quiverfull Blogroll on my sidebar in the near future. You might want to visit some of these blogs and read about others’ lives and experiences as they trust the Lord for the blessing of children in their lives!
So. . .why 9? Because that is how many children God has blessed us with!
And when we look into the face of each one of them, we are so thankful that they are here – each a wonderful, unique creation of God, for His glory and His purpose.