5/21-2020 – e-News

I just read a verse that baffled me. Let me give you some context before I give you the verse.

Israel has taken possession of the Promised Land. God has fulfilled every promise He made to Israel, doing what was impossible. This all began when God allowed a barren woman to give birth (Genesis 21). Now, hundreds of years later, Israel has defeated its enemies and finally settled into the Promised Land. The book of Joshua closes with this triumph, only to have the book of Judges open with these amazing words:

“After that whole generation had been gathered to their ancestors, another generation grew up who knew neither the Lord nor what he had done for Israel.” -Judges 2:10

Read that verse again.
 
What!?!?! How could that even be possible? After living in slavery for 400 years, after being delivered from the Egyptian superpower of the time, after the parting of the Red Sea, after miracle after miracle, after manna from heaven, after defeating much stronger enemies, after being able to see the pillar of fire by night and the cloud by day, and after receiving the Ten Commandments, a generation grew up who didn’t know God or what He had done for them? I don’t understand. How can parents (and leaders) not lead their children to God or tell them what He has done for them?
 
The problem with questions like these is that they’re often boomerang questions that come back and hit you between the eyes. The Holy Spirit has a way of holding up a mirror — all of a sudden, we see ourselves in the Biblical story.
 
How many times do we fail to tell our children about what God is doing in our lives?
How often do we live lives that requires faith?
How often do we lean on the church to do what God has call us, as parents, to do?
How often do we sit with our children and walk through and talk about the Bible?
Do we point our children to God or are other things more important?
 
The sad reality is that we ourselves can be guilty of not pointing the next generation to God or not telling them what He has done. May this not be our story. In Jesus’ name, may this not be our story! If it is, let’s repent and resolve to do much better! Those looking up to us need it!
 
Trying to do better, too!
Pastor Kenneth
 
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