The Psalmist wrote:
“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…” (Psalm 127:3-5).
Children are a heritage, a gift from God. The fruit of the womb is a reward from Yahweh Elohim (God), a sign of His blessing on our lives. We need to change our mindsets to see these blessings as a source of happiness and joy in our lives.
Heman was a prophet during King David’s lifetime (see 1 Chronicles 25:5). You may not have ever heard of him before, but Yahweh thought highly enough of his spiritual service that He rewarded him with fourteen sons and three daughters. If you had seventeen children, would you consider that a blessing?
Another man who served Yahweh during David’s reign was Obededom, a man who had eight sons “for God blessed him” (1 Chronicles 26:4-5).
Yahweh Elohim (God) is the author of all life. As the giver of life, He knows what is best for us. He wants only to bless us and to give us abundant life (see John 10:10).
“For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him: And he is before all things, and by him all things consist” (Colossians 1:16-17).
“Did not he that made me in the womb make him? and did not one fashion us in the womb?” (Job 31:15).
“As thou knowest not what is the way of the spirit, nor how the bones do grow in the womb of her that is with child: even so thou knowest not the works of God who maketh all” (Ecclesiastes 11:5).
“Behold, I and the children whom the LORD hath given me…” (Isaiah 8:18a).
“Thus saith the LORD, thy redeemer, and he that formed thee from the womb, I am the LORD that maketh all things…” (Isaiah 44:24a).
Bearing Children and a Woman’s Health
Many times we are afraid that bearing seventeen children, as Hemen’s wife did, would actually cost us our health. Throughout this website, Posey discusses many other ways in which Yahweh Elohim (God) designed His creation to sustain our health, and it is important that we remember all of God’s design for optimum health. However, it seems to me that we can trust Yahweh Elohim (God)’s wise design for fertility and truly begin to see the ability to conceive children as a first sign of health.
We have often been taught, rather, that the more children we have, the more we are seriously risking our health and even our lives. We are advised to use medical knowledge “appropriately,” meaning to control our hormone levels and to prevent conception of a child at all costs. However, notice Yahweh Elohim (God)’s opinion of knowledge when it goes against His design:
“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts” (Isaiah 55:8-9).
“There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death” (Proverbs 14:12).
“Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding” (Proverbs 3:5).
“Therefore, behold, I will proceed to do a marvellous work among this people, even a marvellous work and a wonder: for the wisdom of their wise men shall perish, and the understanding of their prudent men shall be hid” (Isaiah 29:14).
“Where is the wise? where is the scribe? where is the disputer of this world? hath not God made foolish the wisdom of this world? …Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men; and the weakness of God is stronger than men… But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty…” (1 Corinthians 1:20, 25, 27).
Women, Hormones and Fertility
By observing symptoms, emotions, and signs such as body temperature, a man and woman can know what a normal body does and can be alerted at the first sign of any deviation from normal. By being aware of the cycles of the moon, she can see if her body is following the “times and seasons” ordained by God at creation (see Genesis 1:14-19). She can educate herself as to which hormones are involved in her monthly cycle and what the signs of proper levels of those hormones are. She can be aware of cervical mucous and of her body temperature to be sure her hormone levels are adequate to conceive a child. Finally, she can carefully keep charts and diaries so that if anything departs from “normal,” she will have a record that will help her healthcare providers know what is wrong.
David wrote, “O taste and see that the LORD is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him” (see Psalm 34:8). God’s design for our bodies is wiser than our understanding, and his blessing is always for our good. We can trust Him and His plan, knowing that it will bring us only delight.
P.S. For a more information about fertility, birth control you might be interested in these articles:
Birth Control and the Bible – includes information about the health hazards of popular birth control methods
A detailed explanation of your fertility signals, hormones, and methods to increase your chances of conceiving, you should study the book Taking Charge of Your Fertility: The Definitive Guide to Natural Birth Control and Pregnancy Achievement, by Toni Weschler.