DayBreaks for 11/20/18: With Natural Affection
From the DayBreaks archive, November 2008:
I heard the most disturbing thing on the radio today while I was driving in the car. I almost stopped to weep when I hear it. But first, let me give you a little background.
You may recall that in the past few years, several states have passed legislation that allows parents to bring a newborn to a hospital where the unwanted child can be left – no questions asked. The intent, I’m sure, was good: that if the parent is unable or unwilling to care for the infant, at least it will have proper care, nutrition and a chance to be adopted and raised in a loving home. I understand that – to some degree. In some cases, the law was written that the child must be dropped off within 72 hours or so of being born.
But, apparently, some of those laws were apparently written in such a way that it just says that parents can drop off their child at the hospital. What I heard today was a report from some Nebraska, which has started having parents drop off children up through their late teens. In some cases, they reported that the children could be heard saying to their mother, “Please, mom. I promise to be good. I won’t be any trouble.” Can you imagine? Can you even begin to imagine what it would do to a child to have your mom or dad or both drop you off at a hospital just because they don’t want you any more? My heart breaks…
So, before our very eyes, we have seen these words come to pass, from 2 Timothy 3:1-4 (KJV): This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God…”
Doesn’t the actions of those who would abandon their children fit the description of “without natural affection”? Doesn’t it sound like these are “lovers of their own selves” who are “lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God”? (Again, I am not interested here in having a political or cultural discussion about why in some cases it may be better for the baby.) I can’t help but wonder if some of these parents are abandoning their children just so the parents don’t have the hassle of raising a teen.
I am so grateful that our Father is not the kind of parent who will abandon us – even in our most rebellious times. I think that, giving our sinfulness, it may be “unnatural affection” that He loves us – but it is Divine affection, the love of a Creator for His creation. And God can’t help but love us, in spite of hating what we sometimes do. He just loves us. It is His natural affection for us caused him to say, in Hebrews 13:5b (NLT) – …For God has said, “I will never fail you. I will never forsake you.“
Prayer: Thank You, Father, that You are far better than us. Give us the kind of love for our children that You have for us! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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