Government statisticians just came out with new figures on what it takes to raise a child from birth to age 18. They say it is now $245,000 not including any savings for college. I really dislike such figures, and in God’s eyes they are meaningless. To begin with, it, among other conditions today, scares couples about even the prospect of having kids. We have learned well how to limit reproduction, taking that out of God’s hands. We’ve taken children, that Scripture declares are a blessing from the Lord, and put a dollar figure on them. This means that we balance kids against a lifestyle we desire. It also means that we are not willing to trust the Lord to provide for the children He gives. Psalm 127 declares, “Behold, children are a gift of the LORD, The fruit of the womb is a reward. Like arrows in the hand of a warrior, So are the children of one’s youth. How blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them;…”(vss.3-5) This is just another area where the western world, which used to be Christian, has gone far from the will of God, yielding to science and reason rather than Scripture, and seeking to understand the gracious Lord who created us. Just another thought to ponder for a Tuesday morning.