Be Fruitful and Multiply

God blessed Noah and his sons and said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply” and fill the earth. Genesis 9:1 HCSB

I have reached the wonderful stage in life of being a grandparent. There is nothing much more fulfilling than to have grandchildren come running toward you with hands held high to be picked up. I have been richly blessed with two grandchildren and have three more on the way this year. I can remember when each of my four children was born. It is exciting that God allows us to be a part of His plan – the creation of a new life.

After the flood, God commanded Noah and his sons to be fruitful and multiply. This is the same command that was given in Genesis 1:22 to Adam and Eve and to all living creatures in Genesis 8:17. God has created us to have children and planned from the very beginning of time for us to be a part of His plan of creation. God created us with the ability and desire to be fruitful and multiply.

Challenge: God values life and wants us to value the lives of others. Thank Him for allowing you to be a part of the creation of new life. Thank Him for each of your children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. Even if you have never had any children, hopefully, you have had the opportunity to babysit or to teach a child in some way. Thank Him for the privilege of influencing the lives of family members and those around you.

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