Friday, June 23 – Psalm 127:3-5

Jun 22, 2023

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. Blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them; they will not be ashamed when they speak with their enemies in the gate.

 

What is a gift you’ve received that had a practical purpose? Maybe you received a car to drive to work or a soccer ball to take to practice. These items are valuable on their own, but there is an even greater value in using them for their intended purpose.

 

Children are a gift of the Lord, but they are also gifts with a purpose. The psalmist compares this to how an arrow can be powerful in the hand of a warrior, but it could also be ineffective or dangerous if used in the wrong way. Children are fellow image-bearers, designed by God to be reconciled with Him and beckon others to do the same. They are gifts that require our love, affection, direction, and prayer. Many of us have fathers or other parental figures who have been faithful to this task. They did not merely see us as valuable objects but as little image-bearers who needed to know whose image they bore. Many of us can learn to appreciate all our caregivers and spiritual parents have done, not because we remember each task they completed for us but because we have seen the fruit of their work in our lives. We know who Jesus is because of them.

 

Parenthood is too often portrayed as a burden to be managed instead of a blessing to be stewarded. May we take God at His Word, believing children are a blessing even through inconveniences, tantrums, and rebellion. We can trust Him with those He has entrusted to us.

 

  • How did your father or another parental figure help show you your purpose?
  • What are some other blessings we are given that are meant to be stewarded for the sake of the Lord?
  • Pray and ask God to help you see your children as He sees them.
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