Text. Ps.144:11- 15
That our sons may be as plants grown up in their youth; that our daughters may be as corner stones, polished after the similitude of a palace: (Ps.144:12)
Well nurtured plants have great prospects for a fruitful life while palace pillars, apart from the weight they carry, also have aesthetic values which make the palace a pleasant place to be. When a plant is well nurtured, it means that deliberate efforts were made to provide water for it so as to make it to have the required nutrients. Pillars on the other hand too require expert and dedicated workers who are conscious of the fact that they are working on a palace edifice to make it come out as befitting of a palace.
Describing our sons and daughters as above points to the fact that we have responsibilities as parents to make our sons and daughters to become great in the hands of God. It is not a duty that you have to leave for others to do for you. As much as they may try, conventional school as well as Sunday school teachers are incapable of providing fully the attention which will make your sons and daughters to become like well nurtured plants and palace pillars for God.
The Pastor as well as teachers may teach your children the word of God but they are limited in demonstrating the practical of what they teach. If for instance your spouse offend you and you refuse to forgive and you keep making your children to realize that he or she does not deserve forgiveness, and you are saying the Lord’s prayer; “…forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those that trespass against us,” you are just effectively giving room for hypocrisy in the way they may treat their relationship with God. It is also important for you to have time for them as they are growing up. If you are so busy that you don’t have time to visit your children in the hostel where you have put them because of being busy in the first place, don’t forget that you are busy tending other families while you leave your own unattended to. Any plant that will come out well will demand time from the planter to water it consistently for it to grow and become beautiful. Any sculptured pillar that will adorn a palace also requires valuable time of the artist.
For them to reach their potentials in God, you have to teach and demonstrate what you teach. This of course demands sacrifices which though not easy have to be made. Are you making and are you ready to continue to make such sacrifices for the sake of your children? It is only then that they can become like well nurtured plants and well structured pillars befitting the kingdom of God.
DISCUSSION POINTS WITH YOUR SPOUSE
• Are we investing time and resources adequately into the future of our children?
I receive the grace for empowerment to raise children that will become great in the hands of God in Jesus’ name.
THE FOUNDATION WHICH YOU GIVE YOUR CHILDREN IN THEIR UPBRINGING WILL DETERMINE THEIR FUTURE MANIFESTATIONS. – Dr. Mike Oluniyi