The Blessing of Children

Happy is the man who has his quiver full of [children]. Psalm 127:5a

In the United States, it takes 2.1 births per woman for each generation to replace itself (keep the population stable apart from immigration). As of 2012, the average American woman was birthing only 1.88 children—a record low. This “below replacement rate” birth rate is also happening in other major nations. While many reasons can be cited for declining birth rates, this phenomenon begs an important biblical question: Why are people opting out of something God says is a blessing?

In post-Christian nations like America, the lack of biblical understanding keeps many adults from having children. But from a biblical perspective we need to remember, “children are a gift of the LORD, the fruit of the womb is a reward” (Psalm 127:3, NASB). Who would refuse a gift? Who would turn down a reward? Rather than an expense and a liability, the Bible pictures children as an investment and an asset (Psalm 127:5). Children (Hebrew banim) are the builders (Hebrew bonim) of the future (Psalm 127:1, 3).

If you have children, count your blessings! If you don’t, enjoy the children in your life-circle as the blessing they are.

2 thoughts on “The Blessing of Children

  1. Oh, they are such a blessing. I thought I would not be able to have children and now I have a son and daughter. It amazes me what God has done in my life.

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