This past Wednesday evening at the prayer meeting, we read Psalm 85, which is very relevant to us as we consider the victory God granted in overturning Roe v. Wade. Here are verses 1-4:
Lord, you were favorable to your land; you restored the fortunes of Jacob. You forgave the iniquity of your people; you covered all their sin. You withdrew all your wrath; you turned from your hot anger. Restore us again, O God of our salvation, and put away your indignation toward us!
That God is abundant in mercy has been made clear to us anew. Many in our nation are drunk on the blood they’ve shed and we justly deserve God’s wrath. God instead answered our prayers by beating back the powers of darkness. This is the way He operates. And He did promise in Matthew 16:18b, “on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.”
In the wake of this victory, let us not forget that our call to life was not first issued in 1973. Christians have always been called to the issues of life: to care for the poor, the helpless, and the unwanted. We are to press on. Pray for and support crisis pregnancy centers, encourage those who do this work. And continue to seek to meet the needs of mothers in distress who would rather turn to abortion. We now have all new opportunities for ministry. Praise be to God!