“Lo, children are an heritage of the Lord, and the fruit of the womb is his reward. As arrows are in the hand of a mighty man, so are children of the youth.” Psalms 127 vs 3-4.
I can never forget the birth of my children and I am sure I speak for all parents. One of my fondest memory with each birth is holding them for the very first time, for me it was always a time of reflection and an opportunity. Reflection on my own parents and how my mother must have felt when she gave birth to me and an opportunity because I would be getting a chance to leave the right imprints on the heart of my child just like what Proverbs 22 vs 6 says that “ we should train up a child in the way he should go and when he is old, he will not depart from it.”
But what happens when that child or children grew up and walk away from the things that you have taught them? What happens when they no longer see the importance of serving God much less to read the Bible; how should parents react to this? We first must look at the example that God has left for us because mistakes do not disqualify your child from being a heritage to God and neither to us as parents. From the day he made man in his image we became his heritage and his arrows. Psalms 127 verse 5 says “happy is the man that hath his quiver full of them, they shall not be ashamed, but they shall speak with the enemies in the gate.” A quiver is a container for holding arrows, bolts, darts, or javelins. God’s hands are our quiver and that’s our place of protection, but many times, we walk away from that protection, just like some children today, they leave home prematurely often in the name of finding themselves.
Heritage is something or someone that’s a prized possession, or an allotted portion that is cared for and remains in a family for generations to come. God did not destroy us after Adam sin but instead he found a way to redeem us back to himself, he found a way to preserve his heritage, that’s how much God loves us. Likewise, our job as parents, our job is to help our children even when they make mistakes. Supporting them through their mistakes but not condoning their wrong, and to use that opportunity to point them to Christ. Because in Christ alone they will find peace and true redemption.
If you have a child who has left home prematurely, and you are feeling heartbroken or maybe you know of someone who is going through something similar. Maybe you have tried everything to reach that child, but it has fallen on deaf ears or maybe you have lost contact with each other, do not give up. Your job now is to pray and keep declaring words of faith and God’s truth over your child. Stop focusing on what’s in the past and speak what you would like to see in the future. Keep on praying for your child until you see your prayers answered. Pray for their protection and pray for God to send someone in their space to minister to them. That’s what my mother did years ago when I ran away from home. I felt that I could have done it on my own. It turned out that I was wrong. But my mother (may her soul rest in peace) kept on praying for me to come home. She told me when I finally went back home that she prayed night and day for me, and God answered her prayers. Today I am most grateful to God for my mother’s prayers and I am thankful to him for own children.
About two years ago I was at prayer meeting at my church. I was called on stage to pray for families. As I began to pray, the Holy Spirit spoke to my heart and told me that there was a lady in the congregation whose son had left home. I felt a little nervous, but I decided to just go ahead and say it. I asked whoever that mother was whose child had left home to come for prayer, but no one came. I continued with my prayer and I remember calling for sons and daughters to come back home. I must admit I felt bad and a little ashamed, but I knew that the Lord had spoken to me. Weeks later as we gathered for prayer meeting my pastor shared a very interesting testimony. She told us that a lady approached her in the lobby and reminded her of that night when I prayed for families and told her she was that lady but she did not come to the altar but she was very worried about her son. She said days after I prayed her son came back home. She said she could not wait to tell us what happened. Even though she did not step forward to the altar that night, and even though I questioned myself and wondered if I really heard from God, that day when the praise report came was a day of rejoicing. Until this day I never met that lady or her son, but God knows who they are, and I give him all the glory.
I am here to tell someone today not to give up on your children. Never believe that all is lost if your child makes a mistake, though it can be painful and devasting, you can use it as the fuel to pray for that child and continue praying until you see results. If you are trying to talk to your kids and they refused to listen stop talking to them and go pray for them. God will turn their hearts back to obedience.
Let us pray: Lord please forgive me of my sins today. Thank you for your word. Thank you for saving me and for never giving up on me. Thank you for giving us children. Please help us Lord to teach them in the way that they should go and to never give up on them in Jesus name. Amen. Until next time. God bless you.
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