A Heritage of Blessing
“And when the days of the feast had run their course, Job would send and consecrate them, and he would rise early in the morning an offer burnt offerings according to the number of them all” (Job 1.5 ESV).
Job was an extremely wealthy man. The Bible says he had “very many servants,” which is important because he had thousands of animals that needed to be cared for. The Bible goes on to say that Job “was the greatest of all the people of the east.” Even though Job was obviously busy and most likely did much for his community, he still carved out a large chunk of his day for his family. He would rise up early in the morning and personally make burnt offerings for each of his children. Making burnt offerings was extremely time consuming and very much a task of solitude, especially when doing an offering for ten kids; but Job’s zeal and passion for his children moved him to sacrifice his time, energy and resources for their eternal wellbeing. Job’s love for his children and his eyes on heaven dictated the events and order of his daily schedule. As parents, caring for our children with the same attitude as Job means much of what we do every day is for their benefit and eternal good. When we pour time, energy and resources into our kids, we are emulating a man that God considered “blameless and upright.” We can gladly make sacrifices for our children every day because we know that they are a blessing from the Lord and He is well pleased with our offerings of love and care.
“Children are a heritage from the Lord, offspring a reward from him (Psalm 127.3 NIV).