Be a Bow
by Ray Harmer
“Except the LORD build the house, they labour in vain that build it:…(Ps. 127:1). No matter what we do, corporately or personally, without God it is nothing. We could build beautiful homes, but eventually they will deteriorate. Or build a large ministry, but without God it will collapse and be seen for what it wasn’t. “It is vain for you to rise up early, to sit up late, to eat the bread of sorrows…”(vs. 2). Can we, by our actions, turn back the hand of time, calm a roaring ocean or stay the storm? In essence, it is fruitless. “…Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, saith the LORD of hosts” (Zec. 4:6).
Psalm 127 seems to take a different path at verse three. Who was speaking of children? Certainly children can cause us to ‘rise up early or sit up late’. God says our worthiest investment is in children’s lives. If we are to be parents, then we should consider it a reward (“Lo, children are an heritage of the LORD: and the fruit of the womb is his reward.” vs. 3). If parenting is not in God’s plan for one’s life, then get involved in mentoring children in Christian faith and principle. They are the future of the church. Without them, who will tell others about Jesus in ages to come? We need to train them up…(Pr. 22:6).
The greatest focus of any successful ministry should be children. They are a wise investment in the future. Scripture states they are a reward from God; not just a burden to bear. We need to equip them for service in the Lord’s army. In case we haven’t noticed, it’s a jungle out there and Satan is on the prowl. How many children are being devoured by this evil miscreant? Let us as parents and ministry partners do our utmost to help them succeed.
An effective soldier is well supplied. We wouldn’t face an enemy with one arrow. Neither should we expect our children to. They need to be well supplied with godly wisdom to fight the spiritual battle. Yes the parent, or church, is blessed to have a quiver full of children (vs.5). “As arrows are in the hand of a mighty man; so are children of the youth (vs. 4). Pastor, parent and co-laborer in the faith, each time we lend an ear, pray for, teach, or guide a child, we stuff more arrows in the quiver. Well-armed they will go into the world as effective witnesses for Jesus. They will not be intimidated, but will possess the ability to stand against the vilest of enemies, in Jesus’ name! Draw back your bows and prepare to fire! Satan and his cohorts the target.