God is certainly a good God who has given us so many gifts. One of the greatest gifts that God has given us is children. They are for His glory and for our godliness. I’ve got to confess that God has done a major work in my heart concerning children. It’s not that I used to think ill of them. It’s just that my mind had not been shaped by God’s Word concerning children. Read Psalm 127:3-5:
“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.”
God says that children are gifts from Him and that a man whose quiver is full is blessed. I certainly desire to be blessed. May we all seek the blessing of God through children.
So, jumping off of v3, I began to brainstorm ways that children are a gift from the Lord. Here’s my list. It’s not an exhaustive list. It’s not even a top 25. It’s just 25 of many, many others. I pray that you would praise the Lord for children.
Children are a gift of the Lord because:
- God’s Word says they are.
- They provide a front row seat to view the miracle of procreation.
- They are one of God’s instruments working humility in us.
- They are an opportunity to impact the world long after we die.
- They are one of God’s instruments working patience in us.
- They are one of God’s instruments working selflessness in us.
- They are our God-designed social security.
- They are another person made in the image of God.
- They demonstrate the type of dependence on us that we should have upon God.
- Their amazement with creation is contagious.
- They illustrate that we are all works in progress.
- They provide joy even on the dark days.
- They are a wonderful opportunity for making marriages stronger.
- They are a great reason to get married.
- They are a catalyst for our prayer life.
- They push us to trust in the sovereignty of God.
- They are one of God’s instruments working maturity in us.
- They exemplify our fallen nature and our great need for a Savior.
- Their sweet smiles melt cold hearts.
- They are God’s promise that life will go on.
- They show us we really don’t need as much sleep as we thought we did.
- They display unconditional acceptance no matter skin color.
- They push us toward a good work ethic.
- They make marvelous mud pies.
- They are Jesus’ example for how we are to approach God.
I have thoughts on each of these and would love to talk more about them with you. May we praise the Lord for the blessing of children!