Go Get A Life-Day 5
“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; they will not be ashamed when they speak with their enemies in the gate.”
As we come to the conclusion of this week’s devotional series, we focus on the second half of Psalms 127. These verses 3-5 seem to be disconnected from the first half of the Psalms. The psalmist does an excellent job of informing us, all we do is vain without the Lord. The writer does not give us a pass to be lazy. We are called to live as responsible adults who rely on God for everything.
Now, the writer talks about children being a gift from God. To the ancient Israelites, a large family was considered a blessing from God and children were “Like arrows in the hands of a warrior.”
Think about this, what can a warrior accomplish when they take the time to learn how to properly shoot their arrows?
What is the message in these few words? How much time do we spend developing our gifts? Are we too busy trying to build our houses that we neglect the ones God has placed in our care who will, respectively, provide for our future security? Our children.
As we meditate on Psalms 127, notice how in verse 1, it is impossible for the watchman to guard the city if God doesn’t guard it. Nevertheless, here in verse 4 the children are viewed as weapons who speak with the enemies on behalf of the parents at the gate.
Get this, the watchman is unable to keep the city yet his children can deal with his enemies at the gate.
Question: Are we investing too much of our time trying to build the wrong things?
Maybe it is time to stop playing God and get out of his way. Go get a life and focus on your family.
Building the family is not easy. It is imperative that God play an intricate role in the development of the family. There are struggles, disappointments, and setbacks. Nevertheless, God grants us the grace to do the job well.
Some of you may be thinking, ‘It’s too late for me, my children are grown and gone.’ That thought is not true. As long as there is breath, there is still hope. Maybe it is time to have a heart to heart conversation and ask for forgiveness for focusing on the wrong things.
Lord, we often hear, there is no manual for raising children, forgive us for ignoring the invaluable truth that is your Holy Word. Help us to live out and began to teach our children those life-giving precepts from your word. Forgive us for investing too many hours in trying to secure a future for ourselves, while ignoring the gift(s) you have placed in our care. I pray for every parent to seek to restore their relationships with their children, bless them in Jesus’ name, Amen.