Devotion – July 17, 2015 – Every Generation

Judges2_7The people served the LORD throughout the lifetime of Joshua and of the elders who outlived him and who had seen all the great things the LORD had done for Israel.
—Judges 2:7

When the people of Israel entered the Promised Land, they experienced the work of the Lord first hand.  They had been sustained in the wilderness and they saw the walls of Jericho fall by the mighty hand of God.  They experience first-hand God’s provision and protection and they had leaders, like Joshua, who led faithfully.  That generation remained faithful.

The next generation was a very different story.  They didn’t have those experiences and they fell away from God.  They started ignoring God’s law and even worshiping false gods.

We see that same type of thing over and over in the church today.  Parents who have experienced the work of God in their lives being strong of faith and then their children falling away.  There are many reasons that can happen, but one can be experiencing (or not experiencing) God’s work in their lives.

It is important to teach children about the faith and to live out that faith with them, praying together, reading the Bible together, serving together, and worshiping together even from a young age.  By hearing the Word and experiencing the faith, the child is given a strong foundation.

Heavenly Father,

You have blessed us with children, whether in our own family or the greater family of believers.  Help us raise our children in the faith, teaching them Your Word and helping them to experience the faith first-hand.  We also know that faith only comes from You.  So, we pray that you will graciously give our children faith and keep them in that faith all their days.

Amen.

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