Proverbs 17:6, “Children's children are the crown of old men; and the glory of children are their fathers.”
Being a grandmother to 12 children, I love this verse, and I can say they truly are a precious reward! Children are a heritage of the LORD; they are our reward and as Psalms 127: 3-5 states, they are like arrows in the hand of a mighty man.
Perhaps you’re asking what does this mean. As we have children, whether by birth or adoption, these children become our reward as we faithfully teach and instruct them in the ways of the LORD. They become the next generation of God’s people serving Him to bring the world to Christ. Where there are opportunities that we do not have extended to us to serve, many times our children are the ones who will serve. Throughout history there are fathers who started dreams and their children realized them; much like David and Solomon in the building of the Temple or the fathers who doubted God’s ability to conquer the giants in the promise land, and their sons and daughters were the inheritance of the promise. Not all examples of the children being the recipient of the father’s work are related to the sin in the life of the father, but instead they are examples of the father’s faithfulness to walk before God and hand off the work to the next generation to carry on. And like wise, it is an honor to the children to have godly parents who have raised them in the
admonition of the LORD and pointed them to the truth as the matured. The legacy of our children and their children carrying on the banner of Christ is a reward greater than anything this world has to offer.