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.
I have two boys at home, a five and a three year old. As you can imagine, my house is full of shields, swords, legos, cars, dinosaurs, etc. Recently they have been fascinated with the story of David and Goliath. They love to act it out; Noah pretends to be Goliath and Nathan (my 3 year old son) pretends to be David who defeats the giant.
By nature, the human being was created to conquer. From an early age you see the need to achieve, not just receive things. For example, my second son Nathan feels the happiest when he manages to dress himself. Actually, he is quite offended if his mother helps him get dressed. It’s the human being’s nature, small conquests. When a child achieves something for the first time, he makes it clear to those closest to him. I think this is what differentiates us from animals, because for example, a dog only lives to eat, sleep, and play. But the human being was created in the image of the Creator, and part of the nature of our God is to conquer and do good; we were created for this!
The Bible tells us about a generation that God raised after Moses’ time, the generation of Joshua. God instructs Moses to prepare this leader to conquer the land of Canaan as follows: (Deut. 3:28)
God did not want Moses to give everything over to Joshua, He wanted Joshua to learn to conquer his own challenges. This great teaching leads us to ask ourselves the following question as parents, what is the motivation and reason behind educating our children? I think our big mistake is to think that the reason we raise children is to make them happy. I believe that this isn’t the end goal. God longs for us to raise a generation of warriors, of children who learn to fight the battles of the Lord!
Every generation must conquer
After Joshua’s generation another one rises. A generation whose parents failed to impart this teaching. They were no longer a brave and courageous generation, instead they became a comfortable generation and simply lost the spirit of conquest. God did something to awaken that generation, look at what the Word says:
“When fighting to conquer the territory of Canaan, many of the Israelites had not been born yet. That is why God left some Canaanite people, so that the Israelites who had never fought would learn to fight.”
Judges 3:1 (translated from the Spanish version TLA)
What a great teaching! Let's look for opportunities for our kids to learn to seek God for themselves, to learn the importance of work and discipline. Let’s raise warrior children that just like the arrow, will be weapons of war in our hands that will go and do things much greater than the previous generation!