Job 39:1-4 (Pt. 2)  Thought/Prayer:  How Many Months for an Elephant?  Topics:  2 at end.

“Do you know when the mountain goats bring forth?
  Do you observe the calving of the hinds?
Can you number the months that they fulfill,
  and do you know the time when they bring forth,
when they crouch, bring forth their offspring,
  and are delivered of their young?
Their young ones become strong, they grow up in the open;
  they go forth, and do not return to them.”  RSV [Scripture quotations are from] Revised Standard Version of the Bible, copyright © 1946, 1952, and 1971 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.  (Read this scripture and more at

We bring up our human offspring just like these hinds (deer) in this scripture. We give birth and then spend many years helping them grow up and leave to be on their own.  Here God speaking to His child Job, teaching him about humility before Himself, the God of both Job and of all creation.  God asks Job about some details of nature, both in this scripture and in verses farther down. 

Do you yourself know how many weeks or months it takes for a baby deer to develop in its mother’s womb?  Do you know the time of year when deer would most likely be able to bear their offspring?  Do you know the months of gestation for an elephant?  For a walrus?  Neither do I, without going to some source of knowledge of this type.

No, we like Job cannot know it all.  Never on this earth will any one person know every fact in all of the universe for all time.  But our God does.  And yet he mentions a gentle mother deer as an example of His knowledge, and at the same time here can we not see an example of His care for all of his creatures who have breath, including us humans?  Farther into this chapter 39 God speaks of hawks and eagles.  The Bible is replete with examples from nature.

What can we learn here?  Perhaps it is that, in regard to LIFE issues and abortion, that God knows about every animal gestating within its mother.  And He knows about every human being developing in the womb.  And so He knows how every child in gestation came into being, by choice or by “accident.”  Both within marriage and without, there are “accident” children.  But God doesn’t view them as accidents.  He knows that each one in His eyes is purposeful and precious.  He has plans for them just as He plans for the frolicking fawn gamboling in a woodland pasture.

God loves life, whether human or in nature.  We must stand with Him for it.  Lord, help us to renew our intentions to stand for LIFE, in all forms.  You know the human babies being conceived at this very moment.  Lord, help us be able to turn thoughts toward these little lives, that are inherently big in Your eyes.  Help us to pray more and stand more.  Stand more firmly.

Topics:  Grant us grace to remember to pray or all unborn babies and to stand firm for them. 
Missionaries, domestic, for LIFE issues they face



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