December 26, 2011

Gift of Children

Written by Boyd Bailey

Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today- December 26, 2011

“Leah conceived again and bore Jacob a sixth son. Then Leah said, God has presented me with a precious gift.” Genesis 30:19-20a

At times children can feel more like a burden than a blessing, but they are still a precious gift from God. A mom wipes away moist food from a messy little face only to find a sweet smile—a precious gift from God. A dad takes his daughter on a date, and he enjoys her funny stories and laughs out loud—this is a precious gift from God. Babies are brought into this world, because God Almighty is the genesis and the genius behind life.

What the Lord conceives in the womb of a woman is inconceivable to the mind of man. The gift of a daughter or a son is mystery reserved for the collective knowledge of God the Father, God the son and God the Spirit. A child is not a mistake that brings his parents inconvenience; instead he is an intentional gift from God that brings joy to his mom and dad. Grateful parents delight in and celebrate the gift of their children.

“She never left the temple but worshiped night and day, fasting and praying. Coming up to them at that very moment, she gave thanks to God and spoke about the child to all who were looking forward to the redemption of Jerusalem.” Luke 2:37b-38

How do you pray for your child? Do you ask God to groom them for His purposes, even if it’s to the ends of the earth? Our heavenly Father gives us children, so we can represent Him well to them. Indeed, we raise them, so they will one day rise up and declare that Jesus Christ is their Lord and Savior. We give thanks to Him in all our good and bad experiences with them. The gift of a child is irrevocable, we don’t disown our own.

Above all, do you regularly bless your child with your approval and affirmation? Do they feel your favor? Perhaps you ask them if they feel blessed by you. Show and tell them often how their heavenly Father loves them and how you love them. A note of encouragement or a short text that you are thinking of them goes a long way in filling their emotional cup. A child is a precious gift from God, who forever needs your prayers, care and wisdom.

“Peter replied, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. The promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off—for all whom the Lord our God will call.” Acts 2:38-39

What does my child need from me right now?

Related Readings: Proverbs 3:1-4; 1 Samuel 2:18; 3:19; Luke 1:13; Colossians 3:20

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  1. Gerald Nilsen says:

    I enjoy your devotionals. But I do have a question. Actually, several. I notice that you used Act’s 2:38. Is this verse part of your theology or was it used for the emphasis on children?
    I am not trying to be a prude, as I feel that the answer to that question is of the utmost importance.
    I see almost 2,000 years of Church History and most belief/systems fall somewhere in that time line. In the 20th Century, worldwide, 21,000 churches have started, the vast majority, go back in their roots a maximum of approximately 500 years. I am simplifying a complex subject.
    The book of Acts, in my opinion is the salvation book of the NT. The keys were given to Peter and he used those keys on the day of Pentecost. The pattern was used again and again in the book of Acts.
    You piqued my interest by using Acts 2:38; a verse of scripture that by and large has been shunned by the majority of practicing Christendom today.
    Thank you for using that verse.
    Sir, I hope that you had a very wonderful and blessed Christmas. I did. I am thankful for quality material online like yours. God bless you in your work.
    Gerald Nilsen

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