Nelson Mandela is reported to have said that the worst thing about his imprisonment on Robben Island was that for years he never saw or heard a child.
That is not what we expect a prisoner to say, but as we think about our lives, it makes a lot of sense. Children are very special. They are a big part of family life.
These are 5 things the Bible says about children
- Children are a blessing
“Children are a blessing and a gift from the LORD. Having a lot of children to take care of you in your old age is like a warrior with a lot of arrows. The more you have, the better off you will be, because they will protect you when your enemies attack you in court” – Psalms 127 verse 3 to 7 (CEV)
Children are valued in every culture. Having children and bringing them up in a godly home is one of the reasons why God ordained marriage.
- God values the presence of children
“Some people brought their children to Jesus so he could bless them by placing his hands on them. But his disciples told the people to stop bothering him. When Jesus saw this, he became angry and said, “Let the children come to me! Don’t try to stop them. People who are like these little children belong to the kingdom of God. I promise you that you cannot get into God’s kingdom, unless you accept it the way a child does.” Then Jesus took the children in his arms and blessed them by placing his hands on them” – Mark 10 verse 13 to 16 (CEV)
Jesus demonstrated the love of God for children and their importance to him.
- Children are not “mistakes” or “accidents”
“Before I formed you in the womb I knew a you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.” – Jeremiah 1 verse 5 (NIV)
God has a plan and purpose for every child conceived.
- A marriage without children is still holy, complete and blessed by God
“In the time of Herod king of Judea there was a priest named Zechariah, who belonged to the priestly division of Abijah; his wife Elizabeth was also a descendant of Aaron. Both of them were righteous in the sight of God, observing all the Lord’s commands and decrees blamelessly. But they were childless because Elizabeth was not able to conceive, and they were both very old.” Luke 1 verse 6 to 7 (NIV)
- Raising children is a divine responsibility
“Parents, don’t be hard on your children. Raise them properly. Teach them and instruct them about the Lord.” – Ephesians 6 verse 4 (CEV)
As we call God “our father”, we should know that the way we raise our children is a model of how our children will, in turn, view God, therefore, we should serve as the best earthly parents we can be.
In conclusion, the bible requires us to train up our children in the way they should go, so that when they are older they will not depart from it. (Proverbs 22 verse 6, paraphrased).