Children are a heritage of the LORD, the fruit of the womb is His reward (Psalm 127:3).
Children are God’s heritage, an “allotment” (CLT) entrusted to parents. By divine design the father is delegated with authority over them (cf. Joshua 24:15; I Timothy 3:4).
The father’s responsibility of trusteeship includes physical provision (I Timothy 5:8); education (Deuteronomy 6:6-9; 11:18-19; Proverbs 22:6; Ephesians 6:4) and discipline (Deuteronomy 8:5; Proverbs 3:12; 13:24; 19:18; 22:15; 23:13-14; 29:17); bringing them up “in the nurture and admonition of the Lord” (Ephesians 6:4).
Children are in turn to honor their parents (Ephesians 6:1-3). This honor extends to older children providing and caring for their elderly parents (I Timothy 5:4); thus completing the cycle of life.
Time on earth is very limited; but with a skillful archer’s hand, fathers can aim their children into the future, where God’s heritage continues to soar to its intended target.
As arrows are in the hand of a mighty man; so are children of the youth (Psalm 127:4).
Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it (Proverbs 22:6).
Clyde L. Pilkington, Jr.