Sarah’s Pleasure – Kids

The Bible tells us that children are a gift from God. In Genesis 18, Sarah, who is well advanced in years, overhears God’s plan to bless you with a child which causes her to chuckle. She says, “After I am worn out and my master is old will I now have this pleasure?” That last word, pleasure sticks out for me. We live at a time where most parents speak of the inconvenience of their children and the toils of parenthood on their mental health, calendars and bank accounts. But Sarah, even though she realizes the difficulties she would face as a parent still sees children as a pleasure. When did the gift of God become the curse of our way of life? Our culture has told us that children are an inconvenience and cramp our style. But God’s gift is viewed by one old enough to be a great-grandmother as a finally achieved pleasure. We need to regain this perspective. Children are our pleasure on this earth, not our burden.

The Hebrew word “pleasure” in this text is from the word for the name of God’s garden, Eden. God describes his special place for his first children, Adam and Eve as a pleasure, a garden of Eden. The very first command in the Bible from God, even before the command to not eat of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil; the first command was to be fruitful and multiply. God’s pleasure was to make a home, with his children and for his children to make homes of paradise for their children, their pleasures. I wonder, if we start growing churches by accepting the gift of God as a pleasure, we may end up living in a bit of paradise in this world yet. Let us not disparage the gift of God, let us not talk of His gifts as a chore, an expense or burden. Let us view our children as the gift and pleasure that they are. For Sarah, who may be well advanced in years, still views having children as a pleasure.

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