March 8, 2017
Faith Is Not an Heirloom
After that whole generation had been gathered to their fathers, another generation grew up, who knew neither the LORD nor what he had done for Israel. Judges 2:10
After Joshua, "another generation grew up, who knew neither the LORD nor what he had done for Israel." Unbelievable! A group of people passed from childhood to adulthood without effectively being taught about the person of God and without being exposed to the experiences that would allow them to see God's power firsthand. How does that happen?
Well, a better question would be, is that happening in your home with your children? Are you teaching your children about the Lord and backing it up with your life? What you say becomes irrelevant when your walk and talk don't jive. Are you placing your children in situations where they can experience God's faithfulness--stretching experiences where they have to depend on God? Are you giving your children the opportunity to own their faith? Faith is not an heirloom that we pass down. A living faith must be personally and powerfully experienced.
The fact is that we are not going to get out of this life alive. One day, all too soon, we will be gone. When our children leave our grave and walk to their cars, will they do so in the power of the Spirit or with meaningless religious remnants? What we say and do today will determine the answer to that question.
Lord, help us to pass on the power of a personal relationship with You. Don't let us leave behind a Judges 2:10 generation. In Jesus' name. Amen.