Monday, January 26, 2009

Lost Potential

SOAPSOAP {Scripture, Observation, Application, Prayer}:

15 The king of Egypt had a talk with the two Hebrew midwives; one was named Shiphrah and the other Puah. 16 He said, “When you deliver the Hebrew women, look at the sex of the baby. If it’s a boy, kill him; if it’s a girl, let her live.” 17 But the midwives had far too much respect for God and didn’t do what the king of Egypt ordered; they let the boy babies live. 18 The king of Egypt called in the midwives. “Why didn’t you obey my orders? You’ve let those babies live!” 19 The midwives answered Pharaoh, “The Hebrew women aren’t like the Egyptian women; they’re vigorous. Before the midwife can get there, they’ve already had the baby.” 20 God was pleased with the midwives. The people continued to increase in number—a very strong people. 21 And because the midwives honored God, God gave them families of their own. EXODUS 1:15-21 [MSG]

We will never know the potential the world has lost through abortion.

The king of Egypt ordered the murder of every male child born to the Israelites. He ordered the midwives who were to actually aid in the delivery of the children to abort all males.

But the midwives feared God. They recognized the fact that it would be wrong to murder these babies, and they defied the king's orders, telling him that the Hebrew women instead were delivering before the midwives could arrive and intervene.

God was pleased with the midwives. He rewarded them by giving them families of their own, something extremely out of the norm for midwives.

Moses was born at this time, and his birth was a closely guarded secret. He was set adrift on the Nile and discovered by one of the king's wives. Moses was taken in as if he were the king's own son, and in life became one of the greatest men of God to live.

What if the midwives had complied? What if they had obeyed the king's orders, aborting every male birth at the time of delivery? What if Moses had been killed at birth? Where would Israel -- the world, really -- be without all if the things God accomplished through Moses?

It is no wonder why God was pleased with the midwives. By refusing the abortion order, they delivered a man of great potential to the world.

Might we as a society consider the lost potential today every time a baby is aborted? Oh what we could be missing! Exodus 1:15-21

Father, it is a travesty to allow the waste of human life, the waste of lost potential, that results every time an innocent, unborn baby is aborted. So many great things that could have been accomplished by these poor children may never be realized. So many poor, innocent ones with never a chance at life. It is not my place to know or understand how You use this for Your purpose, Lord, but I trust that You do.

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