I was teaching a Bible study once when I came across this passage;
As arrows are in the hand of a mighty man; so are children of the youth. 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. Psalm 127:4-5
I began to ask,
Lord, why are children like arrows?
Here is what the Lord showed me about my children.
Arrows are weapons. They are made for warfare. Alone, arrows are pretty useless, but when they are used in conjunction with the bow, they can do mighty things.
My children are my arrows. If we raise our sons as God intends, they will be balanced, they will be sharp and when it is their time, they will be ready to fly. We use God’s word to point them to the Lord who is their target.
As we let them go, we know that the Holy Spirit can direct them, just like the wind blows an arrow. But if they know to keep their eyes on Jesus, they will still hit the bulls-eye.
That’s a very beautiful image, I thought, But why are they like arrows?
Because we are at war.
The Bible says that the weapons of our warfare are not fleshly, but are spiritual. It is important that I teach them how to deal with the world and make life decisions so they can be good men. But I cannot ignore the need to make sure they are spiritually strong so they can be godly men as well.
In this parenting passage, it says that when our quiver is full of arrows, they are not ashamed and they speak with the enemies at the gate.
I am my father’s arrow. And I am not ashamed, but I am proud of my who my parents are. And I believe that it protects them when I intercede in prayer.
And I take seriously my duty as a mother to prepare my sons for their future.
They are not just my children; they are soldiers for the Lord. They are preparing for battle and need to be sharp and sure. They need to know their target and to have him be their God, not just mine.
I have two sons. My quiver – and my heart – is full.
The hard part is going to be letting them fly.
Watch ye, stand fast in the faith, quit you like men, be strong.
1 Cor 16:13