Our Children are a Heritage from the Lord
Different parents ‘see’ their children differently.
Some may see their children as ‘theirs’, a ‘belonging’ where the ‘owner’ can do anything he likes towards it.
Some may see them as ‘prized possession’.
(How do you view and regard your own little ones so far?)
Anyway, with regards to this topic, today I’d like to share with you some insightful points shared by Ev. Maria Mazo during our ‘Spiritual Formation for Children’ class the other week.
“Sons are a heritage from the LORD, children a reward from Him.”
(New International Version)
“Children are a gift from the Lord; they are a reward from Him.”
(New Living Translation)
The word ‘Heritage’ generally refers to something that is of high value, something that’s preserved.
And if you’re referring to a particular heritage found in a city or a country, it is owned by the nation, NOT by the president who governs the country at any particular time.
Psalm 127 refers to children as ‘Heritage from the Lord’, and that means they are entrusted by God to parents.
These little ones belong to Him. They’re not ours.
They’re ‘a gift from the Lord‘
As they’re ‘entrusted’ to parents, parents will therefore be asked for their accountability one day, ie. for the way they’ve raised the little ones throughout the years.
Parents who understand this concept (of children being a heritage from the Lord) will :
- see that children are NOT a property whom they can abuse, neglect or possess
- realise how they can never raise their children based on their own strength, wisdom or personal ambition
- realise that if God has entrusted these little ones to us, then HE will also give enough grace and strength for us to go through all the ups and downs of parenting
- learn to be actively involved and responsible parents
Food for thought.
Have a great weekend, everyone.