Daily Devotional

October 8, 2019

Now Choose Life

Jeremiah 1:4–5
The word of the Lord came to me, saying, “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.”

Written by: Larry Van Laar

In this verse, God is reminding Jeremiah that He knew him before he was ever born. While the Bible does not explicitly address abortion, there are numerous teachings in scripture that make it abundantly clear how God views the unborn.

He views them as human beings made in His image (Genesis 1:26).

Psalm 139 declares God’s active role in creating and forming us in the womb.

Exodus 21:22-23 speaks of the penalties for causing the death of an expectant mother battle.

God considers a baby in the womb just as much a human as a full-grown adult. Today’s devotional is for those men and women who have in the past made probably the most frightening and difficult decision there is to make: to terminate a pregnancy.

Perhaps you were one of the many women or teenage girls who were in crisis, scared, confused, and desperate. You were looking for hope and answers and made a decision you may now feel is unforgivable. You’re wondering how you can ever get past this. Hear me when I tell you, there is forgiveness. There is healing. There is hope. Jesus loves you!

Romans 3:21-22 essentially tells us no matter where you’ve been, what you’ve done, or what’s been done to you, Jesus loves you and forgives you. He has a plan, a hope, and a future for you. But you must now choose life—for yourself. The first step to choosing life often begins by confessing out loud to God and possibly another human where you have fallen short and asking for forgiveness. The second step is possibly meeting with others who have walked this road before you.

Beginning the week of October 21, Sun Valley will be launching a group for women who have terminated a pregnancy, have felt the weight of that decision, and now wish to break free. For more information or to register to be a part of this group, email Surrendering@sunvalleycc.com

10.8Thought of the day: In Deuteronomy 30:19–20, God is speaking to the nation of Israel and telling them He has laid before them life and death. But they must choose life every day for themselves. Jesus offers us life, hope, and a future. We are not to live under the heavy burden of past mistakes. He wants to set us free of everything that entangles us.

Prayer: God, I have made wrong and even terrible decisions in the past. I confess these to You now. I ask today that You would set me free so I may live unburdened from them and choose life for myself and those around me. God, set me free in the name of Jesus! Amen.


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