A Blessing or a Burden?

    Behold, children are a gift of the LORD, The fruit of the womb is a reward. (Psalm 127:3 NASB)

    Some see this verse as a curse rather than a blessing but we must understand unless God gives children “a man will die childless, and thus his house will be unbuilt” (Charles Spurgeon, The Treasury of David: Ps.127:3). Children are not a penalty or burden but an inheritance and favor from God. “They are a token for good if men know how to receive them, and educate them. They are “doubtful blessings” only because we are doubtful persons. Where society is rightly ordered children are regarded, not as an incumbrance, but as an inheritance; and they are received, not with regret, but as a reward. If we are over crowded in England, and so seem to be embarrassed with too large an increase, we must remember that the Lord does not order us to remain in this narrow island, but would have us fill those boundless regions which wait for the axe and the plough. Yet even here, with all the straits of limited incomes, our best possessions are our own dear offspring, for whom we bless God every day” (Ibid., Spurgeon).

    So how do you view God’s gifts? Let’s love those good gifts that God gives and let us bring them to Christ and “forbid them not.”


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