When you truly believe that children are blessings from God, it changes the way you look at your own kids, as well as children in general.
The world has done a good job of diminishing the value of large families and the treasure of having many children. In fact, even many Christians have come to the point where they ridicule, mock, and discourage young parents from having 'too many kids.'
How sad it must make the Heavenly Father feel when He wants to bestow wonderful blessings on His children, only to have them decide they don't want or appreciate the gift He wants to give them.
If we read and believe God's Word, we can clearly see that children are a reward God gives to His people. The more children, the better. A family is stronger and happier when they have the blessing of many children.
Unfortunately, we've been duped by the enemy of God to believe that it's crazy to bring too many kids into the world. This ungodly and unbiblical trend has been going on since I was a teenager and continues to escalate.
The devil wants us to think:
As Christians, we need to be very careful not to fall for the lies of the deceiver. Even if you think some of those points are legitimate concerns, you need to remind yourself of what God says in His Word.
God's opinion should always trump our opinion! We should not lean on our own understanding (Proverbs 3:5).
When you are walking in obedience to God in your daily life, you can trust your Lord to give you the wisdom, strength, and supply to take care of the children that He entrusts to your care. He is a great God and nothing is too difficult for Him.
If you have found yourself trying to make someone feel ashamed for having as many children as God wants them to have by making mocking little comments or digs, you really need to repent. You are contradicting the King of Heaven and will one day give an account to Him for those idle words.
I absolutely love kids! Anyone who knows me can tell you that I wanted at least a dozen children and had big plans to homeschool my children and train them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord with my awesome husband.
Sadly for us, God had different plans, and His plans are always more important. He decided not to give us the blessing of children (let alone a dozen), so we had to adapt our plans to His.
Instead, I have had the privilege of teaching other people's children for over 40 years. Teaching children through the years has been a joy and a great pleasure, but it's definitely not the same as having our own full quiver.
Regardless, if I am feeling a little sad or down in the dumps, I know an easy remedy. I get around some little children if I can, or watch some videos of little kids saying or doing cute things. They are treasures and never fail to make me smile as my heart and spirits lift.
Children bring joy, laughter, and love into our lives. They are a reminder of God's love for us, and they are a gift that we should cherish.
Some practical reasons why children are blessings from God:
Recognizing the wonderful gift that God has given in the blessing of children, as well as the responsibility that is attached to that gift, requires us to take our Christian faith and walk more seriously.
Knowing that we are living examples to those around us, particularly in our own home, should spur us on to love and good works and to a determination to live a more purposeful life.
While I don't think children are ever a curse, it can certainly seem that way when a child becomes rebellious toward their parents and their Creator.
Teaching children about God and the role that He must play in their lives if they want to be happy and successful for eternity is not an easy task.
I've always found that the most challenging part about disciplining and training children to love and obey God is disciplining and training myself to love and obey God.
God's Word is the foundation of the Christian life as well as all the supporting beams, the walls, the roof, and every decoration.
The closer we get to God and understand His Word and His mind, the more successful we will be at becoming a strong Christian and guiding and loving the children in our care to follow Him, too.
Hypocrisy is our greatest enemy. If we humble ourselves before God and learn His ways, He gives us promises that we can count on for successful outcomes.
Whether we are working on pleasing God in the area of our marriage, our children, our friendships, etc., we have to put away our pride and learn of Him. When we acknowledge our failings and strive toward perfection in Him, He is there to help us achieve results that will bring glory to His name.
If we make excuses for ourselves or the children in our lives when we don't measure up to God's standard, we set a pattern of rebellion, indifference, and mediocrity, that will be easy for them to follow. These behaviors make it harder for them to overcome their sin nature.
When we model humility, repentance, reverence for God, and a constant desire to love and please Him, we give our kids a pattern to follow that will lead them down a path of righteousness and fruitfulness.
Have I convinced you? Has God convinced you??
I hope these words have made you look at your own children in a way that inspires you toward greater diligence and appreciation for the rich treasure God has given you.
Know that you are blessed of God if you are a parent or grandparent!
Finally, when you encounter those who seek to please God by surrendering themselves to His Sovereign will in the area of childbearing, encourage them in their faith and obedience.