Breaking the Cycle | Psalm 79:8-13
Today's Passage: Psalm 79:8-13
Key Verses: Psalm 79:8-9
Do not hold against us the sins of past generations; may your mercy come quickly to meet us, for we are in desperate need. Help us, God our Savior, for the glory of your name; deliver us and forgive our sins for your name's sake.
It's called the cycle of sin. A father's absence impacts his son who in turn lives out a pattern of unhealthy relationships. The pain of divorce encourages a daughter to live with her boyfriend to "be sure they can make it together." A child inherits his parents' anemic Christianity and passes it on to his children.
The past impacts the future. Israel knew that well - the sins of their fathers opened the doors for raiding countries to kill and destroy. The sins of the past generation finally opened the door to the Assyrians overthrowing the Northern Kingdom — Israel — and taking them into captivity in 722 BC. The Babylonians did the same with the Southern Kingdom — Judah — in 586 BC.
But the cycle of sin does not have to continue. By God's grace and strength it can be broken. Your father may not have been present, but your heavenly Father will never leave you or forsake you. Follow his lead. Your parents may not have stayed together, but God will give you the strength to do marriage the way he intended it. A weak spiritual heritage can be turned into one ignited by Jesus Christ. Let God break the cycle of sin in your life.
Father, please don't hold the sins of the past generation against us. We desire to do things your way. Show us your mercy. Extend your grace. Infuse us with your power. Whatever we have received from our past, help us show faithfulness to those who follow. In Jesus' name. Amen.