Lessons from a New Baby, Part 2
It makes no logical sense that someone would have a baby. In no other area of life would we be willing to give ourselves completely to a project that will last the rest of our lives. We wouldn’t invite a stranger to come and live in our home for 20 years, especially when they require as much oversight and care as our little babies do. We wouldn’t want a stranger coming in our homes, eating all of our food, rarely show gratitude, always demanding more. Any other guest in our home would not be allowed to interfere with our personal time they way we allow children to do so. We wouldn’t take the time to clean the bottoms of any other person on earth, if we could avoid it, yet we allow these little bitty people to come in our homes and demand just that. If others were being as loud and obnoxious as these children are being, we’d immediately walk away, but since it’s our own children, we permit it. About the only logical reason there is to have children is that the government gives a “child-tax-credit” that we can enjoy, but it is in no way offsets the cost of feeding, bathing, clothing, raising, educating, and maintaining children. There’s just no logical argument to be made for bearing children.
Having children does make perfect emotional sense. When a man and a woman decide to have a child, we all understand because we know what it is to want to love a little dependent child. There’s just something about cooing at a baby, smelling that sweet unique powdery smell, and smiling into those eyes that have no clue what a smile is. We know we will hear cries and tantrums, but we also know we will hear those unexpected laughs and eventually those precious words, “I love you.”
While it might be illogical, it is still understandable for those who have experienced it. We love our children, often despite their behavior, sometimes because of it, but always because we just love them. No explanation needed. Love doesn’t have to make sense.
Likewise, God’s love doesn’t have to make sense. We as His creation have rebelled. We have treated Him without honor (cf. Romans 1.21). We have refused to acknowledge His amazing works or to give Him thanksgiving for His great deeds (ibid.). We have worshipped the creature instead of the Creator (v. 25). We have given ourselves to our own desires, pursued our own lusts, and cared only about what we want instead of what He demands. We been like those people from the end of Romans 1:
29 They were filled with all manner of unrighteousness, evil, covetousness, malice. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, maliciousness. They are gossips, 30 slanderers, haters of God, insolent, haughty, boastful, inventors of evil, disobedient to parents, 31 foolish, faithless, heartless, ruthless.
However, God loves us anyway. God still enacted a plan that shaped our world so that Jesus might come as a Redeemer. God still sent His Son as a demonstration of His love. God still cared for us, provided for us, and gave us truth so that we might seek for Him. God knew, eventually, someone would turn to Him. And He was patient until that happens. He’s still being lovingly long suffering, not wishing that any would perish (cf. 2 Pet 3.9).
His loves doesn’t make sense. But as we learn as parents, it doesn’t have to. Thank God His love is so abundant.