Think about this. If God knew that the human race would be so much trouble, why did he even bother? We’re a cantankerous lot who can’t seem to get along. We argue, fight, and steal. We form cliques and gangs, manipulate each other, and even war against each other.
Many of us lack trust in and respect for the God who gave us life, some deny that he even exists, and some are even in outright rebellion against their own Creator.
In various places in Scripture we’re called sons of God (John 1:12; Romans 8:14, 19; Philippians 2:15; I John 3:1-2). In other places we’re called heirs of God (Romans 8:17; Galatians 3:29; Titus 3:17; James 2:5). So here we are, troublemakers in many ways, yet with the revealed destiny and reality of being God’s kids.
Maybe we should think of it this way. Many of us are parents. We wanted to have children even though we knew all about the Terrible Twos, the rebellious teen years, and the risk of heartbreak and disappointment. But we wanted kids anyway because of the joy and love that they bring. We want kids because we understand the joy there is in sharing and giving unconditionally and the hope of a legacy we can point to with satisfaction to the end of time.
Maybe, in spite of the trouble God knew we would cause, our Heavenly Father wanted kids for the same reason we want kids. He figures we’re worth the trouble and risk.
What do you think? Are we worth the risk?