BIBLE READING: PSALM 127:3-5; PROVERBS 22:6; DEUTERONOMY 14:1
“God, not you, made marriage. His Spirit inhabits even the smallest details of marriage. And what does He want from marriage?Children of God, that’s what. So guard the spirit of marriage within you. Don’t cheat on your spouse.” Malachi 2:15(MSG)
The Lord God Almighty is the Creator and Owner of everything in existence. This means that man is merely a steward of His Resources and Riches. John the Baptist emphasized this truth during his Earthly ministry: “John answered and said “A man can receive nothing unless it has been given to him from Heaven.” Jn. 3:27(NKJV)
In other words, God is the Owner while man is a steward or trustee of His Possessions. This also applies to our children.
The Scriptures make us understand that children are likened to “arrows in the Hand of a Warrior…” (Ps. 127:4) This then begs the question: Who exactly is this Warrior? Some would say it’s the biological father but is that really what the Bible says? The preceding verse says this: “Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb is a reward.” (vs 3)
In view of this, we must understand that children come FROM the Lord THROUGH their parents. Simply put, God is the Source while fathers and mothers are the channels.
But parents are not just channels. They are also charged with making sure that the children are raised with the right values and that they are equipped with the right tools to fulfill their God given potentials. Only then can they be used as mighty weapons in the Hands of God when they grow to maturity.
May our eyes be open to the reality of our stewardship of our children who actually belong to the Lord.
Heavenly Father, we honour You as our Source and Sustainer. O Lord, please help us comprehend our role as stewards of our children in Jesus’ Name. Amen.