Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Quiver Full

The Quiverfull Movement is a re-emerging movement that promotes allowing the Lord to open and close the womb. Its proponents believe that children are a blessing and look to several scriptures as their guide in this belief.

The names "quiver full", "full quiver", "quiverfull-minded", come from Psalm 127:3-5 Lo, children are an heritage of the LORD:and the fruit of the womb is his reward.As arrows are in the hand of a mighty man;so are children of the youth.Happy is the man that hath his quiver full of them:they shall not be ashamed,but they shall speak with the enemies in the gate.

Initially all Christians opposed the use of birth control. It wasn't until the late 19th and early 20th centuries that birth control methods advanced. Not surprisingly these advancements coincided with the *women's movement*.I'm afraid we have left our Biblically mandated role of wife,mom,bearer of children,and worker at home under the authority of our own husbands. We've left our calling and what for? Selfish pursuits. Independence. Careers. Clothes. Nicer homes.

What would happen if we allowed the Lord to plan and bless us according to His Will in this area of family size? We consult Him on what car to buy and pray over our lunch. We claim to surrender every area of our lives to Him.....but refuse to give Him this one most important area. What if we all bowed our hearts in this area to His will and His provision? How would His kingdom grow? Are children really a blessing? Or are children a burden , a hinderance to careers,clothes and cars? According to the world 2.5 is good enough but what does God say?

"be fruitful and multiply" (Genesis 1:22; 9:7), "behold, children are a gift of the Lord" (Psalm 127:3), and passages showing God acting to open and close the womb (Genesis 20:18, 29:31, 30:22; 1 Samuel 1:5-6; Isaiah 66:9)

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