by Robert Andrews
Psalm 127 says that God gives us children as a reward, not just because He loves us and we want them for ourselves, but because He is equipping us to do what He has called us to do as His warriors: build and guard. Build the house of God and guard the city that has foundations in the very midst of His enemies. This psalm tells us, so beautifully, how that will happen: by filling the earth with offspringchildrenwho have been brought up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord and who themselves have caught the vision to reestablish the righteous rule of God on the earth. They will in turn produce offspring who have the vision as well, and on and on until the knowledge of the glory of the Lord covers the earth as the waters cover the sea (Habakkuk 2:14).
The picture the psalmist uses is that children are like arrows in the hand of a warrior. What does this mean? It means that our children are the primary weapons God has given us to do what He has asked us to doto build and to guard. But they obviously are not ready for that task when they come out of the womb. In other words, if we are to build and guard successfully in the world, we must first build and guard in the lives of our children! Hence the task of parenting; we are preparing our weapons of war for battle! We have been given 20 or so years to accomplish the task of extending our influence for the kingdom of God into the next generation.
So, successful parenting is ultimately not to make us, as parents, look good to the other families in our church, to make life easier for us, or even to prepare our children to grow up and be successful. No, children are ultimately for God and His purpose of extending his righteous rule over the whole earth as His Son Jesus Christ becomes in experience what He is in factKing of all kings and Lord of all lords.
The Family, Gods Weapon for Victory is an encyclopedia of information about how to move your family toward being what the title declares, including a theology of family, the husband-wife relationship and training children from birth to marriage. Filled with illustrations from the authors own life, including his myriad failures, the book is a fascinating read.
"When I read The Family: God's Weapon for Victory, I laughed, I cried, I rejoiced, I repented. It moved me again and again to pray for my children. I read parts aloud to my wife. I committed myself to going through it again, slowly, savoring and studying it with care, applying its lessons to my family. And I determined that the way I serve my family and the goals I have for my children in God's Kingdom must change. If transforming lives is Robert Andrews' aim, this book is an arrow that hits the bulls-eye!" E. Calvin Beisner (Knox Theological Seminary)
"This book is a bit like Narnia's Aslanit is not safe, but it is good. Be prepared to have your tender toes stepped on and your cherished assumptions challenged. This is not just another book on the family. Instead, it is a book of profound Biblical truths and straight forward practical counsel. This book will prove to be of immeasurable help to families in these difficult days in which we live. I highly recommend it." George Grant (Author)
Paperback; 349 pages
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