“Morning by morning, O Lord, you hear my voice”

Psalm 5:3

“A Heritage from the Lord”

(Please read Psalm 127:3-5)

July 12

 They’re with us for such a little while. Almost before we know it — and usually before we can prepare for it — they’re gone. From our homes and our control to their own homes and their own decisions and their own lives. And then we look back and wonder how well we have done in preparing them for life. Such introspection, for Christian parents, should include concern as to whether we have done what we could to tell our children about the Lord and display him in our lives.

It’s fine to love your children and want to provide good things for them, as long as you don’t forget what is really good and needful in their lives. But food, clothing, shelter, school, and all the extras that you may shower on your children are simply not enough if you do not see that the Lord has a place in their hearts.

Our text says children are a heritage, a gift of God. Could it be that men and women often misuse God’s gift? We should remember that we are simply, and oh so briefly, custodians of that precious gift. We have so few years in which to nurture them in the Truth.

So we should not delay in getting them started right. Alexander Pope wrote, “Just as the twig is bent, the tree’s inclined.” Do your best while you can to bend that lovely twig so that it will be a beautiful part of God’s garden. Surely he will be with you and help you in your efforts.

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