CHILDREN ARE LIKE ARROWS
Behold, children are a heritage from 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. Happy is the man who has a quiver full of them.
Have you ever wondered what was meant by comparing children to arrows in the hand of a warrior? Here are some things we might consider.
1. Arrows must be kept straight. If they are crooked they will not travel in the right direction when shot from the bow. Likewise, children must be kept straight so they will travel in the right direction in life. Parental discipline is essential to keeping children straight.
2. Arrows must be kept sharp. If they are dull, they will not penetrate the target. Likewise, children must be kept sharp in their skills of life, more importantly skills of eternal life. If they are dull of knowledge they will never be able to succeed in reaching their goals of life—on earth or in eternity.
3. Arrows must be pointed in the right direction. The archer must have a target in mind and point the arrow in that direction. He cannot just shoot it anywhere and expect it to hit the target. Likewise, children must be pointed in the right direction of life. Train up a child in the way he should go and when he is old he will not depart from it. Proverbs 22:6
4. Arrows must be released at the right time. Releasing the arrow too soon or too late means missing the target. Children need to leave home, but only when they are ready to take on the responsibilities of life. Parents need to know when to let them go.
Our children are the most precious blessings placed in our hands. Bring them to Bible class. Bring them to Jesus.