Monday, January 07, 2013

Children: An Heritage of the Lord

 3Lo, children are an heritage of the LORD: and the fruit of the womb is his reward.
 4As arrows are in the hand of a mighty man; so are children of the youth.
 5Happy is the man that hath his quiver full of them: they shall not be ashamed, but they shall speak with the enemies in the gate. 
(Psalm 127:3-5, King James Version)

Children: An Heritage of the Lord

What can we say about Psalm 127? There is probably no portion of Scripture that seems so antiquated to our way of thinking than Psalm 127:3-5. Yet, the problem clearly lies in our convoluted way of thinking. In our day of blind achievement and search for prosperity, a large family just does not work. How can we afford a large family and still give them all we desire to give them?

Where, in the Bible, do we find the necessity for dumping prosperity upon our children? As Christian parents, what is our proper understanding of the teachings of God's Word? I fear that in our professing Christians of this day, we are far too concerned about consuming the goods of this world than we are about training our children to lead successful, productive, faithful Christian lives. By our very actions, what have we taught our children?

As a matter of fact, we are often not too concerned about training our children, especially in the things of the Lord, at all! We send our children to church, and maybe Christian school, and expect them to graduate from high school as mature, Christian adults. However, it does not work that way. No matter where our children are educated, and no matter what their church environment may be, the responsibility to train our children in the things of the Lord belongs to us, the parents. If we do not feel that we are up to the task, then we must prepare ourselves so that we are.

After all, this is the information age! While it may be true that the internet contains a lot of bad sites, it also contains many good, Biblical sites for children, teens, and adults. If we, as parents, feel inadequate to do the job God has called us to do, we need to seek help from our Christian families, Christian neighbors, our churches, and yes, even on the internet. There is no valid excuse for Christian parents to renege on the command of God,  Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it. (Proverbs 22:6, King James Version)

Let us, then, go to God in prayer, seeking a heart that is willing to submit to all of God's Word. Let us pray that our attitude toward children, and having more children, would be in sync with God's Word. Let us remember that children are an heritage of the LORD: and the fruit of the womb is His reward.

Let us also praise God for the children--the reward--God has given to us, and let us pray that He would make of them great and mighty warriors for His glory. If you are like me and have adult children who are not believers, then pray for them daily--even hourly--that God would graciously open their hearts to His truth. Salvation is a gift from God; we cannot pour it on our children, though we may wish we could.

In everything, God is to be praised, and happy are those who have a quiver full of God's blessings!

God Bless You,

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