Tag: pass the torch of faith
Scripture reading for June 19th: Psalms 78-83
Oh how I long to see the next generations know the Lord! I am burdened for my children and grandchildren! They are living in a world that is growing increasingly cold and hostile to faith in God. Humanistic ideas and thinking permeates the school systems. Families are fragmented and many church people are luke warm or cold in their understanding and knowledge of God and His Word. Families are so busy that they often neglect their spiritual growth to pursue work, sports, entertainment or success.
Asaph, the worship leader who served David, began with a plea for his people to hear his teaching. Asaph gave the plan of passing on these teachings. The key was to teach the children by telling the parables and stories to the next generation. The next generation would then, in turn, tell them to their children and repeat this process from generation to generation. (Psalm 78:4-6) The purpose of telling the stories was to encourage each generation to put their trust in the Lord. They would remember the works that the Lord had performed and would learn to walk by faith.
Asaph emphasized that the children were not to do as the fathers had done. They heard and experienced the stories, yet many forgot God. (Psalm 78:8) They were a stubborn and rebellious generation that did not keep God’s commands or stay loyal to Him. They saw the miracles but still sinned against God and He judged them. These stories were to be repeated each generation. They were given to instruct those with ears to hear and open hearts!
Where are we failing today in passing the torch? Could it be that we do not teach the stories to our children? Have we as parents learned the stories and applied them to our lives? Have we set a good example by obeying God and living by faith? We must do what the Word of God declares if it is to have the desired effect! God promises to work through the parables to bring wisdom and understanding for life and godliness!
“We will not hide them from their children; we will tell the next generation the praiseworthy deeds of the Lord, His power, and the wonders He has done.” Psalm 78:4