THIS WEEK’S PROJECT
Children: The Greatest Gift
Psalms 127:4 (NKJV) Like arrows in the hand of a warrior, So [are] the children of one’s youth. 5 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.
Training your children is work. It can be exhausting, especially when they are small. Sometimes it can feel like a never ending siege and you can think, “Am I doing any good? I’m trying to train them about Jesus, but I don’t know if they are getting it. I go over the same things over and over and over. Every day I ask this child if they brushed their teeth and they never do! Will this ever end?”
Yes, it will. The day will come when this toddler that is so much work right now will be grown and walking out the door to live their own life. It happens so quickly. And let me assure you, what you are doing is making a difference. That is the promise of Psalm 127. If you train them for Jesus, the day will come when “they will not be ashamed, but they shall speak with the enemy in the gate.”
In Bible times the gate of the city was a place that people gathered for commerce and fellowship. The people who were most respected would garner the most attention when they would rise and state their opinion. That is God’s promise to us. If we will train our children a day will come when they will be people who demand respect because of the character they have developed. I’ve seen this come to pass. Trudi and I raised 2 children. They were not perfect. They both had their moments. But now as adults, parents, and representatives of the kingdom of God, I’m so proud of both of them. They are both such a strength to us as we get older. They are “speaking with the enemy in the gate.” They are Satan’s nightmare. All that work and prayer was well worth it.
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