Let God Build Your House
A. The Wonder – the house – To have the opportunity to start and raise a family is wonderful.
Getting engaged; getting married; having children. All very exciting times.
B. The Work – build; labor – it is tedious; it requires attention to detail; systematic and deliberate
C. The Waste – they labor in vain that build it;
VAIN: emptiness, nothingness, vanity, emptiness of speech, lying, worthlessness
Without God, building a house is a waste.
Let God build your house!
The secret to being a successful parent is to LET GOD BUILD YOUR HOUSE!
When you do…
I. The Reward of your Children will be Precious – vs. 3 “…an heritage; his reward.”
DEFINITION OF HERITAGE: possession, property, inheritance, heritage
Once parents understand the stewardship matter of having children, it is a precious thing.
If you have children, God gave them to you to raise for His honor and glory.
Having children should sober each of us.
Enoch started walking with God after the birth of his son.
- 21 And Enoch lived sixty and five years, and begat Methuselah:
- 22 And Enoch walked with God after he begat Methuselah three hundred years, and begat sons and daughters:
II. The Response of your Children will be Powerful – vs. 4 “…as arrows are in the hand of a mighty man…”
A. The Possessing of the Arrows – in the hand; only for a short time
ILLUSTRATION: Daddy, how much money do you make in an hour? With a timid voice and idolizing eyes, the little boy greeted his father as he returned from work. Greatly surprised, but giving his boy a glaring look, the father said: “Look, sonny, not even your mother knows that. Don’t bother me now, I’m tired.” “But Daddy, just tell me please! How much do you make an hour?” the boy insisted. The father, finally giving up, replied: “Twenty dollars per hour.” “Okay, Daddy. Could you loan me ten dollars?” the boy asked. Showing his restlessness and positively disturbed, the father yelled: “So that was the reason you asked how much I earn, right? Go to sleep and don’t bother me anymore!” It was already dark and the father was meditating on what he said and was feeling guilty. Maybe he thought, his son wanted to buy something. Finally, trying to ease his mind, the father went to his son’s room. “Are you asleep, son?” asked the father. “No, Daddy. Why?” replied the boy, partially asleep. “Here’s the money asked for earlier, ” the father said. “Thanks, Daddy!” rejoiced the son, while putting his hand under his pillow and removing some money. “Now I have enough! Now I have twenty dollars!” the boy said to his father, who was gazing at his son, confused at what his son had just said. “Daddy, could I buy you for an hour?”
The time we have with our children is so short. They grow up and those moments will be gone forever.
Many children are starving for love and attention from their parents.
B. The Potential of the Arrows – it will go wherever you point it
ILLUSTRATION: The time I went hunting with 5 arrows and missed all 5 times.
- Proverbs 22:6 Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.
Tiger Wood’s dad for example: Tiger was on Johnny Carson doing trick shots at the age of 4.
No matter how late it was – every time James Brown was on TV, Michael Jackson’s mama would wake him up. At an early age, Michael determined that is what he wanted to do with his life. He started singing on stage at 4. He started singing with his family at the age of 6. He was signed by Motown Records at the age of 10.
Whatever you point your children at, that is where they will end up.
C. The Power of the Arrows – the power is the mighty man
The power is not in the arrow; but in the mighty man that holds the arrows.
The arrow is in the control of the mighty man until he turns it loose.
Once it is turned loose; once he lets go of it, it will go where it’s pointed.
III. The Reputation of your Children will be Priceless – vs. 5
- Proverbs 20:11 Even a child is known by his doings, whether his work be pure, and whether it be right.
A. Priceless in their Courage – they shall not be ashamed – THEY is referring to the children
- 2 Timothy 2:15 Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.
So many children today suffer from an inferiority complex in spiritual things because they haven’t been mentored.
Knowledge is power.
B. Priceless in their Communication – they shall speak
At the age of 12, Jesus amazed the doctors and the teachers.
- 46 And it came to pass, that after three days they found him in the temple, sitting in the midst of the doctors, both hearing them, and asking them questions.
- 47 And all that heard him were astonished at his understanding and answers.
- 15 And when the chief priests and scribes saw the wonderful things that he did, and the children crying in the temple, and saying, Hosanna to the Son of David; they were sore displeased,
- 16 And said unto him, Hearest thou what these say? And Jesus saith unto them, Yea; have ye never read, Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings thou hast perfected praise?
C. Priceless in their Confrontation – with the enemies in the gate
This speaking with the enemies is not a conversation of fellowship.
This is a conversation of power; confrontation; boldness and resolve.
We need young people today that will be trained to confront the enemy; not run from them.
Not be intimidated and afraid of them, but to stand for what they believe in.
The gate was the seat of power; influence; a place where leaders conversed to bring about change.