You will find many promises in the
Bible concerning children. Some promises are bad: Children who go astray can be
a terrible burden to bear. But other promises are good: Children themselves are
a blessing, especially if reared with discipline and kindness. Hymn-writer John
Bowring claimed that "a happy family is an earlier heaven."
Whether the family
turns out good or bad is, of course, partly the parents' own responsibility.
are a gift from the LORD ; they are a reward from him. Children born to a young
man are like sharp arrows in a warrior's hands. How happy is the man whose quiver
is full of them! He will not be put to shame when he confronts his accusers at
the city gates.
Grandchildren are the crowning glory of the
aged; parents are the pride of their children.
to weak-willed parents who can't -- or won't -- insist on discipline in the home?
The Bible gives a painfully realistic answer to that:
If you refuse to discipline
your children, it proves you don't love them; if you love your children, you will
be prompt to discipline them.
Discipline your children while
there is hope. If you don't, you will ruin their lives.
discipline and reprimand a child produces wisdom, but a mother is disgraced by
an undisciplined child.
Teach your children to choose the
right path, and when they are older, they will remain upon it.
Don't fail to correct your children. They won't die if you spank them. Physical
discipline may well save them from death.
Discipline is not
the whole duty of parents. If they are believers, they also have a duty to pass
on their own beliefs to their children:
"You must commit yourselves wholeheartedly
to these commands I am giving you today. Repeat them again and again to your children.
Talk about them when you are at home and when you are away on a journey, when
you are lying down and when you are getting up again. Tie them to your hands as
a reminder, and wear them on your forehead. Write them on the doorposts of your
house and on your gates."
Not all the Bible's promises
are to parents. Children, too, have some words from the Lord addressed to them.
Just as the Bible promises good to people who are thankful toward God, so it promises
blessing to people grateful to their parents.
My son, obey your father's commands,
and don't neglect your mother's teaching. Keep their words always in your heart.
Tie them around your neck. Wherever you walk, their counsel can lead you. When
you sleep, they will protect you. When you wake up in the morning, they will advise
For these commands and this teaching are a lamp to light the way ahead
of you. The correction of discipline is the way to life.
to your father, who gave you life, and don't despise your mother's experience
when she is old.
A wise child accepts a parent's discipline;
a young mocker refuses to listen.
Only a fool despises a parent's
discipline; whoever learns from correction is wise.
are known by the way they act, whether their conduct is pure and right.
The father of godly children has cause for joy. What a pleasure it is
to have wise children. So give your parents joy! May she who gave you birth be
happy. O my son, give me your heart. May your eyes delight in my ways of wisdom.
See also Parents, Marriage.
The Book of God's Promises, copyright 1999 by J. Stephen
Lang. All rights reserved, used with permission.