Here are a couple of thought-provoking excerpts from a book I’m reading – A Full Quiver by Rick and Jan Hess.
Ruth: The Lord Enables You to Conceive.
Let us now look at the beautiful book of Ruth. Ruth 4:13 states, “So Boaz took Ruth, and she became his wife, and he went in to her. And the Lord enabled her to conceive, and she gave birth to a son.”
So Obed was born, not as a result of a chance fertilization at the proper time of some month, but because and only because God “enabled” it. (By the way, it would be equally accurate both biologically and theologically for each of us to place our own name in the place of “Obed” in the previous sentence.) This new son may have looked like any other little bundle of Jewish joy, but he was to be King David’s grandpa! Who knows what great place in God’s plans a future little one, which He could give you or us, might play?
“Behold, children are a gift of the LORD.” (see Psalm 127:3-5)
Do we really believe that? If children are a gift from God, let’s for the sake of argument ask ourselves what other gift or blessing from God we would reject. Money? Would we reject great wealth if God gave it? Not likely! How about good health? Many would say that a man’s health is his most treasured possession. But children? Even children given by God? “That’s different!” some will plead. All right, is it different? God states here in no-nonsense language that children are gifts. Do we believe His Word to be true?
Cut away for a moment to the Rose Garden of the White House. The President of the United States of America is presenting a couple with a gift of fabulous value. Scores of television cameramen and photographers are ready to capture the recipients’ reaction for millions to see. Do they accept graciously and warmly thank the President? No! They blanch and blurt out, “Oh no – not another one of those! We already have one! No way! We’ve decided it would be just too much trouble!” Wow, would the media have a field day with them!
How insulting to refuse a gift from anyone. How much worse if that gift was a planned and specially prepared life from the Creator!
Interesting, huh? It certainly defies our current culture’s views, don’t you think?