November 17, 2003
"Sons are a heritage from the LORD, children a reward
from him" (Tehilim / Psalms 127:3).
According to the Scriptures, children are a reward
from God. I don't know if we always think of them that
way. It seems that we tend to regard children as a
burden, a responsibility we need to bear, rather than
Having children consumes our time, energy and money.
They demand attention without respecting our time
schedules and desire for space. Many plans have been
thwarted by the birth or needs of a child. How then
can they be a reward? Parents often think they should
be rewarded because they have children, not that
children themselves are a reward.
But children are a reward. To bear children is a
privilege granted by God. Having children is one of
the greatest signs of God's loving favor upon
Every single baby boy or girl is a reminder that God
has not given up on the human race. At the beginning
of creation, God created us in his image and
commissioned us to fulfill his purposes on earth. No
matter how much we have fallen from our original
design, the mandate has never been rescinded. Every
human being is a new opportunity to make a difference
for good in this world.
To be given the responsibility of a child is a call to
cooperate with God in his purposes. The potential that
exists in each and every human being is incredible.
And to think that we have the opportunity to be the
caregivers to these little gifts of God is even more
incredible. That God has entrusted us with this task
may be overwhelming, but when we realize children are
a reward from God, we can also expect that God will
provide whatever we need to fulfill his purposes for
each and every child.
Since children are a reward from God, they are not to
be treated just anyway we wish. It may be necessary to
make all sorts of sacrifices to ensure that they are
nurtured in a godly and healthy environment. Whether
or not we are inconvenienced by these rewards is
irrelevant. They are worth it.
Because children are as valuable as they are, it is so
important to bring them into the world within God's
chosen framework of a loving husband and wife. But
whatever the circumstances, we should also do all we
can to ensure that each and every conception is given
every opportunity to thrive.
If we could accept that children are the reward they
really are, then maybe they wouldn't be avoided as
much as they are today. So many seek bigger homes and
bigger businesses, but not bigger families. I wonder
how many rewards are being rejected.