God’s Promises for Fathers, Part 4: Uniqueness

For You From The Word

Children are a gift from the Lord … those born to a young man are like arrows in a warrior’s hands.  How joyful is the man whose quiver is full of them! (Psalm 127:3-5, NLT)

For You To Think About

Dad with baby sleepingPsalm 127, a “Song of Ascents,” is a worship song. This particular psalm gives thanks for God’s provision offered through the gift of a family.

Here the psalmist compares children to arrows.

Together with the bow, arrows were the most widespread tool in Bible times – one used by royalty, the common man, and all in between. The bow and arrow were necessary for survival. Every arrow’s size, shape, and construction were different. Each one had a specific use.

A man with access to different kinds of arrows would be prepared for many different circumstances. He would have the assurance he needed to not just survive, but thrive.

The parallel is clear. Just as each arrow in a quiver is unique, each child is one-of-a-kind, providing the family with support in his or her unique way.

Yet this passage points out at least one significant difference between arrows and children.

While man is responsible for constructing his own arrows and keeping his supply ready, “Children are a gift from the Lord” (Psalm 127:3) – a special grace given from God to a man and his family. God creates each child in a distinctive way, one that is a gift.

The promise is sure: a father can rejoice in the uniqueness of his child.

For You To Pray

Heavenly Father,
Thank You for Your specific promises to fathers. Give fathers the joy of knowing that each child is a special gift from you and is unique, created by You for special purposes.
In Jesus’ name, Amen.

More Promises for Fathers

God’s Promises for Fathers: Part 1: Life

God’s Promises for Fathers, Part 2: Peace of Mind

God’s Promises for Fathers, Part 3: Blessings

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