Written by Jason Koemans | March 8, 2023
Behold, children are a heritage from 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.
Happy is the man who has his quiver full of them;
They shall not be ashamed,
But shall speak with their enemies in the gate.
When the Israelites came up out of Egypt, what the Lord had done throughout the Exodus was a miracle that He expected them to pass down to their descendants from generation to generation. Why? Because the Lord’s purpose was for this miraculous story of deliverance to serve as a reminder to the nation of Israel that God Himself brought them up out of bondage and put them in the land He promised to them. As parents, we have a God-given responsibility to point our children back to the Lord and what He’s done on our behalf. As revealed in the Bible, too often, Israel would find itself in a generational cycle of depravity. Why? The Israelites would spiritually drift from the mountain top to the valley low because they failed at times to teach the next generation about who God is and He did.
Proverbs 28:1 The wicked flee when no one pursues, but the righteous are bold as a lion.
Confidence and conviction stem from having a vertical foundation – an established relationship with Creator God. If we’re going to instill this same confidence and conviction in our children, or to the next generation, we have to point them back to Him. When we fail to do this, we don’t just put ourselves at risk, but we compromise the future of our children. Parents, are you intentional to talk to your children about the works of God? Do you take time to pray with them, teach them, and prepare them to engage the world? When we recognize the reality of the words of the psalmist above, we find motivation to equip the next generation. Your children are tools in your heavenly arsenal to make God known in a dark and decaying world.