As a woman reluctantly approaches all the abortion information, she is likely to come across the pros and cons of abortion. She will read about the "right to have" an abortion versus the "wrong in having" an abortion.
However, no matter what her political persuasion, it always comes down to a very intimate, personal decision that no woman makes without some degree of emotional trauma. All of the options -- abortion, or raising the baby, or allowing another family to adopt the baby -- can carry emotional pain and personal sacrifice. But what you usually don't find in any abortion information, either pro or con, is a clear statement of what God offers this woman. He has something to say to her in the midst of her pain and confusion.
You see, God is larger than our confined spaces and limited views. He sees situations from the vantage point of what he can do for those who will turn to him. So to the woman who is considering an abortion, he might want her to hear his heart: "The Lord is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and rich in love. The Lord is good to all; he has compassion on all he has made."1
When the Bible says that God is "good to all; he has compassion on all he has made," that means he is able to be good to both, to be compassionate to both the woman and the baby. The woman may feel she is in a trapped, polarized position. Either she can be compassionate to herself, given all her circumstances, and have the abortion; or she can be compassionate to the baby, allowing it to be born. Yet God says he is "good to all; he has compassion on all he has made." He must have solutions we don't see. God must know that if the woman will look to him to provide, he is capable of meeting her needs and the baby's needs.
It is God's character to respond to those who will turn to him and obey him. "The Lord is faithful to all his promises and loving toward all he has made. The Lord upholds all those who fall and lifts up all who are bowed down. The eyes of all look to You, and You give them their food at the proper time. You open your hand and satisfy the desires of every living thing."2 For those who will look to God, he offers to meet their needs.
Would God really come through? Consider this: "The Lord is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth. He fulfills the desires of those who fear him."3 Fear him? It means to reverence Him. To acknowledge that he is rightfully God, and not ourselves. "He fulfills the desires of those who fear him; he hears their cry and saves them."
Will God really hear this woman's prayer if she seeks to follow him? Yes. "For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous and his ears are attentive to their prayer, but the face of the Lord is against those who do evil."4
Is it hard to do what is right? It would be if she were totally on her own. If all the work, all the effort, all future for her life remained solely on her shoulders, then often doing what it right seems impossible. But God says we are not alone. We are not isolated in this world. He is so strong, so capable. "God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble. Humble yourselves, therefore, under God's might hand, that he may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you."5
In the midst of tiring debates on the pros and cons of abortion, God is there, asking the woman in turmoil to turn to him, that he may show his compassion on all that he has made. God may want her to know: He will lift her up, meet her needs and her baby's needs, if she will let him be her God.
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(1) Psalms 145:8-9
(2) Psalms 145:15-16
(3) Psalms 145:18-19
(4) 1 Peter 3:12
(5) 1 Peter 5:5-7