WEDNESDAY October 3, 2018
Blessings of Godly Heritage
And Eli would bless Elkanah and his wife, and say, “The Lord give you descendants from this woman for the loan that was given to the Lord.” Then they would go to their own home. And the Lord visited Hannah, so that she conceived and bore three sons and two daughters. Meanwhile the child Samuel grew before the Lord.
1 Samuel 2:20-21
Notice the marked contrast between Eli’s household and Elkanah’s household. The Lord could not bless Eli’s family because of his sons’ wickedness. However, God was abundantly blessing Elkanah’s family. Hannah had been blessed with three sons and two daughters. Why was God blessing Elkanah and Hannah? They were in God’s perfect will; they had lent Samuel to serve the Lord. They had done everything God had called them to do.
God desires to also bless our homes and the lives of our children. Think on Psalm 127:3-5. Notice what is said about our children:
Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb is a reward. Like arrows in the hand of a warrior, so are the children of one’s youth. Happy is the man who has his quiver full of them; they shall not be ashamed, but shall speak with their enemies in the gate.
Our sons and daughters are gifts from the Lord, and we are given the responsibility to direct and guide them. Children trained in the ways of the Lord will be able to engage in spiritual warfare. Wherever God sends them and in whatever position they are given, they will be effective leaders.
If our children grow up with no understanding of right and wrong … no desire to live with integrity … no faith in God … their souls will be impoverished and they will miss life’s highest good.
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