“Lo, children are an heritage of the LORD: and the fruit of the womb is his reward. As arrows are in the hand of a mighty man; so are children of the youth. Happy 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
I grew up always wanting kids and early on when Rebekah and I were “going steady”, we desired to have a large family with a white picket fence. Rebekah came from a large family, but my family consisted only of two kids, which was fine with my sister and I. We were almost six years apart, so we both got our time in the limelight, and we both accused the other of being the favorite to a given parent. I am not sure if my parents had favorites, but I saw no bias in how they treated us. I will say that after I came along, I am not sure they desired to have any more children as I was no angel. The truth is my mom had some health issues that made having more kids dangerous and improbable, so they were stuck with a quiver of two. I am not sure why I wanted a lot of kids as a teenager, but I thought it would be neat to have a large family until I got older and realized the time, energy and expense a large family would cost.
When we got married, we were not set on how many kids we would have but we figured to at least have two kids. On our honeymoon, we took a picture in an arcade that combined both of our facial features and created an image of how our future children might look. We were not so impressed with the photos and they almost kept us from having kids at all. I am not sure what happened to those pictures, but I am grateful our kids came out looking different than the pictures portrayed. We had two kids and had the opportunity to add in a third, someone God had brought into our lives about 9-10 years prior. Our oldest daughter came to us at age 17, although we had known her prior. God worked out all the details and it truly is a miraculous story that I will have to share at another time. God blessed us with three children and it is amazing how each one has brought us blessings and lessons along the way.
Our society does not value children as they once did, and in some cases, they are seen as commodities that can be disposed of without concern. There are laws that allow the disposal of God’s blessing, even though a law can never make something that is evil be right before God. There are also those who despise their own kids and treat them in a way that is not godly or honoring to God. They view their kids as a burden more so than a blessing, and they forget the great responsibility God has given parents to raise their kids in the nurture and admonition of the Lord. I am grateful for the children God has given me, and I cannot imagine my life without them. What a great honor and responsibility given to us by God to raise the next generation for Him. Our society looks at children as a burden that weighs them down and detracts them from their goals and selfish pursuits, but those who fear God know that children are a heritage from the Lord and a reward to the mothers who bear them.
Has God blessed you with children? How do you view them? Do you despise them? Do you love them as Jesus loved them? Matthew 19:14 states, “But Jesus said, Suffer (let) little children, and forbid them not, to come unto me: for of such is the kingdom of heaven.” Children should not be a burden to us but we should see them as God sees them. Children are a blessing from God and are precious in His sight. If God has blessed you with children, value them as He does and bring them up to follow Him. We are losing generations to the world, but may that not be said about the generation that God has entrusted us with in our very homes. May we praise Him today for the fruit of the womb, and may we never forget the blessing children are. What a privilege to raise the next generation for God, and what a joy it is to see your children walking in God’s truth.