“Although it is very easy to marry a wife, it is difficult to support her along with the children and the household. Accordingly, no one notices this faith of Jacob. Indeed, many hate fertility in a wife for the sole reason that the offspring must be supported and brought up. For this is what they commonly say: ‘Why should I marry a wife when I am a pauper and a beggar? I would rather bear the burden alone and not load myself with misery and want.’ But this blame is unjustly fastened on marriage and fruitfulness. Indeed, you are indicting your unbelief by distrusting God’s goodness, and you are bringing greater misery upon yourself by disparaging God’s blessing. For if you had trust in God’s grace and promises, you would undoubtedly be supported. But because you do not hope in the Lord, you will never prosper.”
Luther’s Works, Vol. 5, p.332
Wednesday, September 14, 2011
Nothing New Under the Sun
I read on article on the Jeub Family's website today (http://www.jeubfamily.com/) and I thought it profound enough to pass along here. The jist is that sometimes we get the feeling that what we are going through is something that no one else has ever experienced. It is sometimes difficult for us to continue to trust God in all areas of our lives (including fertility) because we feel so little support. We have even been guilty of saying things like, "Oh, I wish I lived in a time when large families were the norm," or other things to that effect. But the fact is that people have always been the same. There have always been poor families struggling along and accepting God's blessings and the accompanying responsibility. There have always been others who stared and wondered if those families were indeed crazy, never realizing the incredible fulfillment of their lives. Below is a quote on the topic from Martin Luther.