Fearfully and Wonderfully Made

     In 1973 the Supreme Court of the United States made a decision in the Roe versus Wade case which resulted in the bloodiest stain ever left on America by an activist court.   Since that fateful court ruling, more than 65 million babies have been cruelly put to death before they had an opportunity to use their God-given abilities to minister to our society.  In addition to that is the trauma it has caused to the multitude of mothers who were brainwashed into thinking they were doing the right thing. 

     Now that the Supreme Court may be about to overturn Roe v. Wade, pro-abortion advocates are going crazy. That includes those who are protesting not only at the Supreme Court, but at the homes of the Justices and just yesterday violently attacked and set ablaze a pro-life group’s headquarters in Madison, Wisconsin, leaving behind life-threatening graffiti.   And the anti-life legislators are trying to hurry and get a bill in congress that would make abortion rights permanent nationwide.  Another bill has already been introduced that would allow infanticide up to 28 days after birth.  My how far we have fallen!   Our culture has forgotten–or ignored–some very important and basic truths when it comes to the development of human life. Our society has been infected by an anti-life ideology, treating its most vulnerable members as disposable objects. Abortion that was once thought of as a last resort in a medical emergency has become the new normal.  

     For the past couple years–as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic–we have been hearing a lot about “following the science.”  Well, if we “follow the science” regarding the development of human life, we know that life begins at conception and that an unborn baby develops a heartbeat, brainwaves and nervous system which can “feel pain” not long after conception. Yet, despite all of this, the unborn are treated by many as though they are not alive or even human. Dr. Ben Carson said, “As a surgeon, I have operated on infants pre-birth, and I can assure you that they are very much alive!”  

     Life is a precious gift that has been given to us from our Creator. No person is disposable. Every life is precious according to Him. ALL LIVES MATTER!  Everyone deserves a right to life. The Psalmist wrote: “For You created my inmost being; You knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise You because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Your works are wonderful, and I know that full well. My frame was not hidden from You, when I was made in the secret place.  When I was woven together in the depths of the earth, your eyes saw my unformed body (embryo). All the days ordained for me were written in Your book before one of them came to be.” (Psa. 139:13-16). God said to Jeremiah the prophet: “Before I formed you in the womb, I knew you. And before you were born, I  consecrated you; I have appointed you a prophet to the nations” (Jer. 1:5). 

     In his books, Harbinger and Harbinger II, Jonathan Cahn lists nine warning signs given to Israel (the northern tribes) and Judah (the southern tribes) before they were judged by God by sending the Assyrians against Israel in 722 BC and Babylon against Judah in 586 BC. His premise is that God has been giving the same warnings to America to urge the nation to repent and come back to God.  As we read of the spiritual decline of both Israel and Judah, we see they progressed from rejecting the true God to the worship of idols and ultimately to child sacrifice. The depth of their spiritual decline was seen in the burning of their children in sacrifice as worship of their new gods, like Molech. 

     One of the signs that preceded Israel’s judgment was not only that it partook in the murder of children, but that it also did so brazenly, even with joy, even to the point of celebration! We see this as an indication that the hour was late–judgment was imminent. And it is happening in the United States of America! The killing of children is the ultimate evil–the most graphic witness to the depths of spiritual darkness. 

     Paul, in his letter to the church in Rome, writes of the progression of spiritual decline. It begins when men “suppress the truth” about God that is evident in both creation and conscience.  They don’t “honor Him as God or give thanks, but become futile in their speculations and their foolish hearts are darkened. Professing to be wise, they become fools” (Ro. 1:18-22).  Then comes a very sobering statement: “Therefore, God gave them over in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, that their bodies might be dishonored among them. For they exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served the creatures rather than the Creator…” (vv. 24,25).  It goes on to describe how they “abandon” God’s design for sex and pervert it with homosexuality and lesbianism (the LGBTQ movement) and all sorts of other immoral and evil activity. And not only do they become involved in such gross wickedness, “but also give hearty approval to those who practice them” (v. 32). 

     In other words. Our nation (and world) is hurting because of “suppressing the truth” and turning our back on God and replacing Him with idols and even making sacrifices to them–including the murder of children.  Repentance is desperately needed or we, like Israel, will face God’s judgment (I believe we already are!).  Pray for our leaders to be convicted of their need to turn back to God and biblical principles. Pray for the Supreme Court and their crucial decision regarding the lives of the unborn (and rights of Christians in the workplace).  Pray for Christians to stand strong for the truth in these trying times. Let YOUR light shine brightly in this very dark world. 

     Forever His,

          Pastor Dave

About Pastor Dave

Until my retirement 2 years ago, I pastored an independent Bible church in Northwest Montana for nearly 38 years. During that time I also helped establish a Christian school, and a Bible Camp. I am married and have children and grandchildren. The Wisdom of the Week devotional is an outgrowth of my desire to share what God is doing in my life and in our world, and to challenge you to be a part.
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