Quiver full of arrows

by Rev Jason Phua

Bible readings: 1 Chronicles 2:18-4:4; Proverbs 18:16-18

READ (verses for reflection)
ESV 1 Chronicles 3:1 “These are the sons of David who were born to him in Hebron: the firstborn, Amnon, by Ahinoam the Jezreelite; the second, Daniel, by Abigail the Carmelite,”

I struggled with reading through the genealogies in 1 Chronicles. It happened the last time I read this portion of the Bible, it happened just now as I was doing my devotional. Yet, the Lord convicted that no part of the Bible is given without His good purpose. 1 and 2 Chronicles are known to be historical accounts and they draw from many biblical sources such as 1 Samuel, Genesis, Exodus and Numbers. Genealogies presented in such historical accounts therefore draws the readers’ attention to specific family lines. Today, we read that King David was blessed with many sons. Some of his sons were a grief to him like Amnon and Absalom; others were hardly mentioned. Of the many sons, it seemed that only Solomon came close to imitating the faith of his father; but even that is with God’s sovereign help (Solomon’s wisdom is God’s gift).

King David mentioned in Psalm 127:5 that “Blessed is the man who fills his quiver with them (children)! He shall not be put to shame when he speaks with his enemies in the gate.” Yet, in the life of King David, i gain the insight that while it is a great blessing to have children; what is more important is for parents to take on the role of teaching these children the ways of the Lord. We can be Kings, CEOs, COOs and hence very accomplished at our workplace; but that doesn’t mean we are any good at discipling our children if we do not have the time to do so. As parents, we cannot outsource the discipleship of our children to others – such as leaders in the church. At best, they can only complement what we as parents are called to do as the core disciple makers in our family. Indeed, blessed is the man who’s quiver is full of arrows; but i would add that more blessed is the man whose arrows are consistently well sharpened for the Lord’s good purposes.

Lord, help us, especially the fathers among us, not to put work or other things above the discipleship needs of the family. Help us as parents to embrace our roles as core disciple makers in the family.  Amen.