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
Of all the earthly titles a person can attain, perhaps the greatest is that of parent.
If you enjoy this distinction, not only do you have the incredible opportunity to serve as one the greatest influences in a person’s life, but you also get to leave a mark upon the world that will extend long after your life has ended.
The Bible likens children to arrows, which is a perfect analogy. Like an arrow, children are launched from our lives into the distant future — toward targets that are simply out of our own reach.
However, just as archery is not perfected without practice and dedication, neither is parenting.
In Psalm 127, the Word of God provides three reminders to all parents:
1. Children are Property…
“…children are an heritage of the Lord…” – Psalm 127.3
We don’t ever think of our children as property, but that’s exactly how the Bible describes them, they“are an heritage of the Lord,” literally meaning, they are an inheritance from God.
If you have been lent children from God, it is critical that you realize that the individuals placed in your care are not yours, but property of God. Therefore, it is critical that you parent in a way that it is pleasing to the Father.
All through the Scriptures we find God’s attitude toward children. His entire earthly ministry was spent loving children:
“But Jesus said, Suffer little children, and forbid them not, to come unto me: for of such is the kingdom of heaven.” — Matthew 19.14
Jesus even offered this dire warning to anyone who would offend “one of these little ones”:
“It were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and he cast into the sea, than that he should offend one of these little ones.” — Luke 17.2
2. Children require Patience…
“As arrows are in the hand of a mighty man; so are children of the youth.” — Psalm 127.4
If you’re going to shoot an arrow properly (like “a mighty man”), it will require an insane degree of patience – patience to set your sights, patience to take aim, patience to ensure you hit the target at which you are aiming.
The same is true with children and no earthly duty will try your patience quite as well as parenting.
Proverbs 22.15 says it all:
“Foolishness is bound in the heart of a child” — Proverbs 22.15
When you’re dealing with children, always be mindful of the fact that you’re interacting with a creature who must be taught everything! Have the patience necessary to teach the child.
Thankfully, when it comes to dealing with His children, the Heavenly Father is far more patient than any of us deserve… How much more should we be when dealing with children made out of the exact same stuff we are?
“…The Lord, The Lord God, merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abundant in goodness and truth.” — Exodus 34.6b
“The Lord is longsuffering, and of great mercy, forgiving iniquity and transgression…” – Numbers 14.18a
“The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.” – II Peter 3.9
3. Children require Protection…
“Happy is the man that hath his quiver full of them.” – Psalm 127.5
Any archer will tell you that it is critically important to protect arrows. Even the slightest bend in the arrow, its fletches or tips can lead to the arrow missing its intended target.
Due to this reason, it is critical for the archer to keep his arrows in a quiver, protecting them until the very moment it is time to launch.
The same is true with children. God has commanded us to “Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.” (Proverbs 22.6)
Too many parents in this generation fail to realize the critical importance of protecting their children’s eyes, ears and psyches.
As a parent, you have one job, “Train up a child in the way he should go…” this will require you to exercise incredible patience and in order to hit the mark you want for your kids, it will require that you be willing to protect your arrows!
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