Maybe you’re wondering if you should have another child. Or maybe if you are having trouble conceiving you are thinking that maybe God just doesn’t want you to have a baby. Or you think, maybe God is trying to get me to adopt a child? But in any case, if you are wanting to find out what God’s Will is, then let me just put this out there.
When a person dies and you want to know what they want to happen to their stuff, you look for a Will. Well, God does have His Will written (though He’s definitely not dead)- it’s the Bible. The Bible is pretty straight forward most of the time. Though it’s easier to understand when you have the Holy Spirit to counsel and teach you. Click here for more about that. Ok, so let’s look at some scriptures on what God says about babies, children, and His Will concerning these subjects.
Let’s start with the very first thing God ever said to human beings…
Genesis 1:28 “And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.”
-From the beginning it was God’s desire and intent for people to increase, have children, and grow their families.
Genesis 2:24 “Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.”
Psalm 127:3 -5 “Lo, children are an heritage of the Lord: and the fruit of the womb is his reward. As arrows are in the hand of a mighty man; so are children of the youth. Happy is the man that hath his quiver full of them: they shall not be ashamed, but they shall speak with the enemies in the gate.”
Psalm 113:9 “He maketh the barren woman to keep house, and to be a joyful mother of children. Praise ye the Lord.”
Matthew 18:1-6 “At the same time came the disciples unto Jesus, saying, Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven? And Jesus called a little child unto him, and set him in the midst of them, And said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven. Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven. And whoso shall receive one such little child in my name receiveth me.But whoso shall offend one of these little ones which believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea.”
Mark 9:36-37 “And he took a child, and set him in the midst of them: and when he had taken him in his arms, he said unto them, Whosoever shall receive one of such children in my name, receiveth me: and whosoever shall receive me, receiveth not me, but him that sent me.”
1 Timothy 5:14 “I will therefore that the younger women marry, bear children, guide the house, give none occasion to the adversary to speak reproachfully.”
Malachi 2:15 “But did He not make them one, Having a remnant of the Spirit?And why one?He seeks godly offspring.Therefore take heed to your spirit, And let none deal treacherously with the wife of his youth.” (New King James Version)
-I write this because I believe that nowadays many people, even God’s people have forgotten or never have even been taught what God’s Word says about family, fathers, mothers, children, husbands, wives, daughters, sons. There is so much gender fluidity and confusion today.
Young married couples are counseled to “wait to have children”. And that voluntary childlessness is even a standard of life that is to be desired. If you do have children there seems to be an invisible ceiling that you are not to go beyond. Three children? Don’t you know what causes that? Four? On purpose? Five? How could you? Six!? How can you afford it?!
I have a few other scriptures that bless me too, and just remind me that God does not think the same way we do. He just doesn’t. Oh I love Him! He refreshes me. Check this out:
Psalm 107:33-43 “He turns the wilderness into a standing water, and dry ground into water springs. And there he makes the hungry to dwell, that they may prepare a city for habitation; And sow the fields, and plant vineyards, which may yield fruits of increase. He blesses them also, so that they are multiplied greatly; and suffers not their cattle to decrease. Again, they are diminished and brought low through oppression, affliction, and sorrow. He pours contempt upon princes, and causes them to wander in the wilderness, where there is no way. Yet sets he the poor on high from affliction, and makes him families like a flock. The righteous shall see it, and rejoice: and all iniquity shall stop her mouth.Whoso is wise, and will observe these things, even they shall understand the lovingkindness of the Lord.
I find it fascinating and funny at the same time that God likes to bless poor people with more children, and He seems to see it as a good thing. The world is totally the opposite. They want to bless poor people (especially) with permanent birth control.
I do want to add though that just because God loves large families, doesn’t mean He doesn’t love smaller families also. There are great men and women of God that only had 1 or 2 children: Abraham and Sarah only had 1 son, Rachel and Jacob finally had 2 after struggling with Rachel’s barrenness. Isaac and Rebekah had one set of twins, for an example of just a few from many more in the biblical accounts- many struggled with and overcame barrenness at some point. But I would like to gently point out that this wasn’t self imposed barrenness. They were only able to have 1 or 2 children. I just wanted to add this because I’m emphasizing “families like a flock” so much.
Listen, I write this because I’ve struggled with this question myself. I’ve prayed about it quite a bit. And finally, I just studied what God’s Word says on the subject of children. They’re a blessing. And if He’s put it in your heart to have more children I just want to say that I believe… it’s gonna be worth it.