The Blessing of God through Children
In Bible times, an abundance of children was considered a good thing. Today we meet a man who was blessed by God with a large family and with important responsibility in the kingdom of Israel.
Today’s reading: 1 Chronicles 24:1-26:19
The ability to conceive and bear children is not totally in our control. It was even less so in ancient Israel so parents considered offspring to be tangible evidence of the blessing of God. Obed-edom was blessed with eight sons and his grandsons were able rulers in their family.
How blessed are the parents who are able to see successful grandchildren! This may not be your lot, but believers can certainly mentor children and youth in the church as virtual parents and grandparents.
[For more reflections on this passage see the corresponding reading in my book Cover to Cover: Through the Bible in 365 days].