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Some Things I Learned About God From My Baby

by Julia West on August 22, 2013

We begin life only knowing one side of the parent-child relationship. We love our parents and are naturally bonded to them. But when we become parents, and we gain that other perspective, our love takes on a new selflessness. I quickly realized after my son’s birth that he could never love me as much as I love him. He may love his own son that much one day, but he simply cannot reciprocate. And God knows the same about His children.

The message of the bible is that God loves us more than we can ever know. He knows every soul and has His hand in every birth:

Before I formed you in the womb I knew you.
Jeremiah 1:5

When I was pregnant I loved thinking about how God picked not just a little body with specific traits and features but a specific soul to put in my belly! And He has a plan for him.

For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well. My frame was not hidden from you, when I was being made in secret, intricately woven in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw my unformed substance; in your book were written, every one of them, the days that were formed for me, when as yet there was none of them.
Psalm 139

We get just a glimpse of God’s love for us as we feel love for our children. We long to know them and for them to show us some love in return, and God feels the same toward us. He wants us to talk to Him, to keep Him in our minds, to appreciate Him, to include Him in our decisions, to tell Him our worries and about our happiness, to thank Him. We want our children’s hearts to be bound to our own.

Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you.
James 4:8

He has so many children who never acknowledge Him and yet He loves more than we could ever know. He wants to provide all that we could ever need or want. When a momma hears her baby cry, she runs to him! She wants to meet all of her babies needs and give him comfort. God does the same for us. Matt 7:7 says we need only to ask and it will be given to us. He wants to bless us!

If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask him!
Matt 7:11

Along with that love comes the instinct to protect. We understand the need to set boundaries for our children for their safety. God does the same because He cares for our physical and spiritual safety.

Now the works of the flesh are evident: sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries, dissensions, divisions, envy, drunkenness, orgies, and things like these. I warn you, as I warned you before, that those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.
Gal 5:19-21

His discipline is love and our obedience is love. The Greek word, hupakuo (obey) means to listen, to attend, and so to submit or obey. Literally, the word means “to hear under.” The imagery is of one sitting at the feet of a master with the intent to follow.

By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God and obey his commandments. For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments. And his commandments are not burdensome.
1 John 5: 2-3

He gave his only Son to die so that we can have the hope of Heaven – this has a much deeper meaning to a parent who has loved a child!

But God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
Romans 5:8

God is love. All you need is Love.

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