Daily Notes & Observations: “Children are a Gift of the Lord” (Excerpt)

May 27

Children are a Gift of the Lord

Daily Notes & ObservationsListed among the gatekeepers was a man named Obed-edom. This man was blessed by the Lord because he kept the ark at his house for three months while David determined how to bring it to Jerusalem (2 Samuel 6:10-12). This passage explains how he was blessed.

Obed-edom had sons: Shemaiah the firstborn, Jehozabad the second, Joah the third, Sacar the fourth, Nethanel the fifth, Ammiel the sixth, Issachar the seventh and Peullethai the eighth; God had indeed blessed him” (1 Chronicles 26:4-5).

This passage does not speak of Obed-edom being blessed with riches, long life, or success in his endeavors. It is possible he might have received these things, but this passage does not mention any of them. Instead, his eight sons were given as proof that “God had indeed blessed him.

Many people in our society today view children as a burden rather than a blessing. They prefer the riches and success of the world and do not want kids (or too many kids) hindering their pursuits. It is easy for this mentality to influence Christians. But we must guard against a worldly mindset on this, just as we must on everything else (Romans 12:2).

Some will say that times are different now. In some ways they are. But one thing that has not changed and will not change is the fact that children are a blessing. We need to see them for what they are: a gift from God.

Behold, children are a gift of the Lord, the fruit of the womb is a reward. Like arrows in the hand of a warrior, so are the children of one’s youth. How blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them; they will not be ashamed when they speak with their enemies in the gate” (Psalm 127:3-5).

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Rejoice and Do Good: Notes on Ecclesiastes 3:12-13 (Excerpt)

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Ecclesiastes 3:12-13

I know that there is nothing better for them than to rejoice and to do good in one’s lifetime; moreover, that every man who eats and drinks sees good in all his labor—it is the gift of God.

While discussing the seasons of life and the futility of our pursuits under the sun, Solomon reminds us again of the fact that our blessings come from God (cf. 2:24). Understanding both the futility of life and the fact that what we have comes from God, it is good for us to do two things: enjoy the blessings which God has given and do good with those things with which we have been blessed. If we cannot see “good in all [our] labor” – by enjoying God’s blessings and helping others – then the futility of work under the sun will eventually result in depression and apathy, leading to a cessation of work. Nowhere does Solomon teach we should give up and do nothing. We must recognize the good and the limitations of the things of this life, while seeking for that which is eternal.

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