Does God care about your unplanned pregnancy?

We know when life begins and how women get pregnant, but we still don’t know why. The answers to such questions as, “Why me?” “Why now?” (or “Why not me?”) are known only to God.

The Bible describes God as the Source and Author of life. He gives it and also takes it away. Each of us is completely dependent on Him for every breath.1

No living thing exists without God’s involvement. There are no accidental or unplanned pregnancies.2 Therefore we must consider Him whenever we think about the problems and challenges associated with pregnancy:

  • Why has He given this child life?
  • Could He possibly have plans for your son or daughter?
  • What is He doing in your life by giving you this baby?
  • Can He supply your needs?

1. Genesis 2:7; 1 Samuel 2:6; Psalm 104:27-30; John 5:26; Acts 3:15, 17:28
2. Ecclesiastes 11:5

An example from the Bible

It’s helpful to look at the account of Hagar in Genesis 16. Here’s a woman who became pregnant in a tryst with her employer’s husband ... that was arranged by her employer! Talk about a #MeToo moment! 

So she wasn't married to her baby’s father. When she got pregnant, she made the mistake of disrespecting the man’s wife. The wife – Sarai – her boss, then mistreated her.

Hagar fled the situation, leaving behind a job and home. She had no means of supporting herself or her baby. 

It all looked very bad until verse 7, where it says, “Now the Angel of the Lord found her by a spring of water.” Everything changed from this point. In this encounter, Hagar learned a lot about God:

  • He knew her name
  • He was interested in where she’s from and where she’s going
  • He had a plan for her (go back to her employer)
  • He told her how to behave in that awkward situation (submissively)
  • He had great things in store for her (“I will increase your descendants so much that they will be too numerous to count.”) 
  • God had heard of her misery 

How many tears had Hagar cried? How many sleepless nights had she endured? How many worries did she have on her mind? God knew them all. In short, God loved her. And He loved her baby:

  • God knew the child existed
  • God knew the sex of the child (male)
  • He had a name for him (Ishmael)
  • He knew the boy’s personality (wild and aggressive)
  • He foretold the boy’s future

Does God care about you?

Hagar was amazed by God, as we all would be if we knew He paid that kind of attention to us. Oh, but He does! Everything that was true of Hagar and her son is also true of you and your baby:

  • God knows you and your baby by name
  • God knows all your pains and troubles
  • God is interested in where you’ve been and where you are going
  • God has a plan for you and your baby
  • God can help you navigate difficult and awkward situations
  • God has great things in store for your future

God's design

Because Hagar and Abram were not married, she was in an insecure situation. One of the reasons God intends sex and pregnancy take place within marriage is to provide security for women and babies.

So why did God allow Hagar to get pregnant while Abram's wife struggled with infertility for many years? We don't know. And we don’t know why Hagar was able to meet God directly while Sarai seemed to only know Him through her husband. These are some of the great mysteries of the Bible. 

But we learn in the rest of the Bible that God had a plan in mind that was bigger than any one of them alone. Still, each person was important to God. And so are you! 

Your pregnancy is an opportunity to grow in faith and learn the great lesson that Hagar, Abram, and Sarai learned: Nothing is too hard for God. (Gen. 18:14)

Let us know how we can pray with and for you [email].

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What does God think of abortion?

We know abortion displeases God because:

  1. The unborn child is innocent and God hates the shedding of innocent blood (Proverbs 6:16-17).
  2. God has made human beings in His image and human life begins at conception (Genesis 1:27, Psalm 139:13-16).
  3. When God creates life He does not intend for us to end it. Life and death are in His hands (Deuteronomy 32:39).
  4. God says, "You shall not murder," therefore murder is evil. Abortion is murder. (Exodus 20:13)
  5. When we are tempted to do evil, God provides a way of escape. You can ask Him to help you avoid displeasing Him. (Matthew 6:13, Mark 14:38, 1 Corinthians 10:13, Hebrews 4:14-16)
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