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 shall not be ashamed, when they speak with their enemies in the gate. Psalm 127:3-5
Think about arrows. Even if you don’t know a whole bunch about them, you would have to agree that a warrior wouldn’t want a weak arrow that would bend or break. When he crafted his arrow he would spend time cutting, slicing, shaping and smoothing until it was the best he could possible make. He would use the finest materials and he would make sure it was strong and straight. When he pulled that arrow from his quiver he would want to be sure his aim was true and know that this arrow would hit its mark.
God compares our children to arrows in the hand of a warrior. And He gives clear direction in their craftsmanship. Consider Deuteronomy 6:5 -7 – “And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. And these words, which I am commanding you today, shall be on your heart; and you shall teach them diligently to your sons (and daughters) and shall talk of them when you sit in your house and when you walk by the way and when you lie down and when you rise up.”
So what does that mean? Simply this. Start shaping that arrow as soon as he is born. Get down on the floor, your little one in your lap, open your Bible and teach him about his heavenly Father. Oh, he may not understand your words just yet, but he’ll see your smile and hear your voice. Take my word for it, he’ll respond as you cherish that Bible before his eyes. You can be sure he’ll have every advantage to grow up knowing how much you love the Lord Jesus and His word. You’ll be paving the way for him to love God with all of his heart and all of his soul. You want your little arrow to hit its mark.
Changing You, Little by Little.