The Creator’s words to the newly created man and woman were, “Be fruitful and multiply” (Gen. 1:28). Children are the result of that command. The verse in Psalms tells us that children are “a heritage from the LORD.” We inherit them from God Himself. He entrusts them to us just as one would entrust a fortune to the heirs of the estate.
Children are also referred to as a reward. A reward is something that is given in return for something done. At the time children are given to parents they are really unearned. It is in loving and caring for our children and in seeing them mature in the Lord that the reward comes.
The world promotes a totally different attitude toward children. They are viewed as burdens rather than blessings. The next time we are tempted to frustration with our children, let us remember that Scripture promises, “Children’s children are the crown of old men” (Prov. 17:6). God’s reward is perpetual. It continues for generations!