In my quiet time with the Lord yesterday morning I read Psalm 78:5-8. I felt the Lord speak so clearly to my heart regarding a huge need in every Christian family and church. Here is my journal entry.
One of the most important reasons why God has given His “testimony” to His people is so they will pass it along to the next generation. I am so thankful for this being lived out by a few. There are two couples serving our young people at church who without shame proclaim God’s truth to the next generation when their parents (who should be doing this) are not as they should. There is a trend in many churches to avoid difficult issues and place more emphasis on non-controversial issues, fun and games, than proclaiming truth that will make them strong in faith and practice.
Asaph has it right. God “commanded our fathers to teach to their children.” Why was this so critical for the fathers to do? “That the next generation might know them…so that they should set their hope in God and not forget the works of God but keep His commandments; that they should not be like their fathers, a stubborn and rebellious generation, a generation whose heart was not steadfast, whose spirit was not faithful to God.” As I read these verses again, I am in awe of God looking down the corridors of time to our day and speaking to us through Asaph as if it were 2018. This adds punch to the Word of God for our hearts today. May the Spirit help us take them to heart and apply them in life for the sake of the next generation.
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