“Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb a reward. As arrows are in the hand of a warrior, so are the children of one’s youth. Happy, blessed, and fortunate is the man whose quiver is filled with them! They will not be put to shame when they speak with their adversaries [in gatherings] at the [city’s] gate.” – Psalms 127:3-5
God rewards parents by giving His heritage to them as a fruit not as a seed. A fruit is the product of a plant/tree while the seed is what gives rise to a new plant.
Some of the functions of fruit are to protect the seed from unfavourable conditions, store up food and help in the dispersion of the seeds inside them to allow for propagation.
In Genesis 1:11, we read “And God said, Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb yielding seed, [and] the fruit tree yielding fruit after his kind, whose seed [is] in itself, upon the earth: and it was so.”
Christ, the Vine is a fruit tree that yields His fruit in the womb for His heritage to be preserved. This fruit is the purpose of God for our children carrying the seed of Christ to reproduce and eventually become a generation.
What they will become in God’s hand is revealed to parents who commit the child to God and through prayers search it out even when the baby is still in the womb of his mother.
We see that God already defines His purpose for every child from the womb. Thus, the prime time for parents who care to search for this purpose is when the babies are in the womb of their mothers.
Jeremiah, Esau, Jacob, Samson, John the Baptist and others are some children whom God revealed His purpose for them to their parents even when they were still in their mother’s womb. We should know that when we give birth to children, they are seeds and raw materials that must be nurtured to grow to this purpose that God designed when they were in the womb.
The case in most Christian homes is that many don’t bother about the divine plan of God for their children and they ignore the Spirit of God to know and understand the divine purpose behind the fruit they are carrying. Instead, they nurture their children to fit into their own purpose thereby raising wild trees and fruits in their generation.
Also due to lack of attention to this purpose many truncate or corrupt the child’s divine purpose from the womb. Thank God for Biblical figures like Manoah and his wife (Samson’s parents. Judges 13:1-23) who paid attention to God’s instruction to avoid the corruption of the fruit God has blessed them with.
Peradventure you received some divine/godly instruction about your children while they were in the womb but, through carnality and worldly-mindedness, you have influenced them to walk in your own selfish/carnal choosing, like Isaac wanted to favour Esau above Jacob (in sharp contrast to the divine injunctions), you need to repent before you introduce heat into your home.
We should also bear in mind as stewards of God’s heritage that our main and primary task towards the fruits God has blessed us with is to guide our children to know the Lord so they can embrace and properly fit into this purpose and walk in it. “I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth“. (3 John 1:4). Of course, you can’t use your arm of flesh to accomplish this purpose like Rebecca did because it will fail and may set your home on fire. Abiding and guiding your children in the divine purpose is the path that you must tread.
We need to put the hands of our children in God’s hands so they might know and fellowship with Him.
Lord, please help us to raise Your heritage as the fruit You have designed them to be from the womb so the seed of Christ in them shall be propagated in their generations.