“Children are a heritage from the Lord, offspring a reward from him. Like arrows in the hands of a warrior are children born in one’s youth. Blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them. They will not be put to shame when they contend with their opponents in court.”
Man do I love this passage from Psalms 127. Children are like arrows in the hands of a warrior!?! What a way to look at this topic that is so readily discussed currently. The tug of war the enemy is currently engaged in, for real estate in our children’s minds, is rampant. Today we will get into the model Christ set for us and our role in teaching, in order to combat the enemy’s advances and ultimately redirect the course of our culture.
I have 3 children, a 1st grader, one pre-school, and a 2 month old. 2 boys and a girl. Something like education and children absolutely hits home for me. I am right in the battle with everyone else when it comes to educating our families. But a battle for what?
Every child has a finite amount of time and mental real estate, and we are in a battle for what will fill that time and space. We see in Psalms, children are a heritage from the Lord. They are a reward from Him. It already tells us what happens when we treat them as such: We will be blessed and cannot be put to shame when facing our opponent. THAT is what you are signing up for when you have a child. You are to educate your gift from the Lord, in order to build His heritage.
In today’s world, the enemy has set the stage. He is offering all sorts of hollow offerings to take up our family’s headspace, leaving nothing to build a solid foundation. They are inherently oppressive or victimized depending on the color of their skin, they can “decide" what gender they want to be, they should disrespect those who sacrifice to protect us, and microorganisms on Mars may be a sign of life, but a heartbeat on Earth isn't. And if they try to actually use their brain to think and form their own opinion to the contrary, it can only mean they are filled with hate. It's garbage. Of course it’s garbage. Absolutely none of it comes from Christ. It is all man-made and therefore a counterfeit.
We have been luke-warm long enough. It is why we are where we are. We cannot change where we are, but we can change the trajectory of the human race. It starts with the arrows in our quiver, our families. We must be loving warriors. Teach your children to act like one. Like Jesus meeting the woman at the well, or the tax collectors, we can live with and love the most taboo or foreign of personalities to our existence or culture, while also disagreeing with them and speaking the truth over their life.
My brother in law and I are polar opposites; some of his positions leave me flabbergasted, but we have still cried together, laughed together, and if someone were to threaten him in my presence, they’re going to have two problems, not one. I’ve worked as a manufacturing manager for 10 years and I’ve gotten to know, promoted, and still keep up with past employees that are different race, gender, and sexual orientation than myself (all while being born and raised a white male in Alabama…imagine that). If they contacted me today in need of work or a recommendation, I’d bend over backwards to help them, even though I decidedly disagree with them on other issues. Just because they are lost on some issues does not mean they have lost their value. We are all lost on one subject or another. But our lost reality does not change God’s objective truth and His pursuit of our hearts.
Daily Battle Order:
Over the last few weeks, we have added a great deal to your arsenal. Kingdom men, His truth is your weapon and our children are your arrows. Point your arrows in the right direction, train them that is not only O.K., but required that they think for themselves and form a Christ-centric, unwavering stance as adults. It’s bow hunting season right now, and I can tell you, one second of hesitation is worth a wide margin of error on your target. Our trajectory weighs heavily on how true and definite your aim is, and the enemy always waits in wings for you to hesitate. Act now, speak His objective truth and never be put to shame when facing the enemy.