What does the Bible say about ‘Our Birth Place’?
“Every thinking person asks, ‘Where did I come from? Why am I here? Where am I going?’ Science attempts to answer the first question, and philosophy wrestles with the second; but only the Christian faith has a satisfactory answer to all three.” [Warren W. Wiersbe, “Acts”, The Bible Exposition Commentary (NT), 1989]
Sometimes I think of myself: if I were born in the United States of America or in some other well-developed nation, my life would have been much better than what I am now. I guess there may be others in my category.
What makes us think like our birth place is wrong? There can be various reasons and opinions. But the biblical answer to this question is that God has a special purpose for you and me to accomplish in the place where we were born.
One of the amazing facts of the Bible is that it has (directly or indirectly) answer for any type of questions about life. And the question concerning our birth place is not an exception either. Listen to what the Bible says, “From one man He (God) made every nation of men, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and He determined the times set for them and the exact places where they should live.” (Acts 17:26, NIV). This verse crystallizes three facts: 1) Human race is descended from one ancestor; 2) God has set human’s lifespan on the earth; and 3) God has also chosen the place to live for everyone. Our focus rests on the third fact.
We should not be surprised because we are born and living in a place where we don’t have much comfort living. Rather we should be asking God the wisdom to enable us to see why we are at where we are. Here is the promise: “If you need wisdom, ask our generous God, and He will give it to you. He will not rebuke you for asking.” (James 1:5, NLT)
The reason why we should ask God to have better understanding of ourselves is because He is the One who has designed us to suit for the purpose that He has for you and me. Listen to what the Psalmist says about of our being, “You (God) made all the delicate, inner parts of my body and knit me together in my mother’s womb. Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex! Your workmanship is marvelous….” (Ps 139:13-14, NLT).
From these we can briefly conclude by saying that our birth place does not happen by chance. It is according to the divine plan. If we don’t accept this fact, we may be rebelling against God’s plan! If we don’t try to fulfill the purpose that God has for our lives in our birth place, we may be called for it on the judgment day. “For we all must stand before the Christ to be judged. We will each receive whatever we deserve for the good or evil we have done in this earthly body.” (2 Corinthians 5:10, NLT).
Thus, I would say, the Bible does say that our birth place matters in the sight of God!