Recently over at C.J. Mahaney’s blog, a guest post from Tom Reinke gave some great helps on God’s intent to be faithful throughout the generations. His plan and work is not just with us in our lives, but His plan came to us from generations before us, and must go forward to our children and our children’s children.
- The older generation is called to proclaim to a younger generation the glorious deeds of God: his deliverance, faithfulness, and righteousness (Psalms 71:18, 78:4, 145:4)
- To some degree the faithfulness of one generation can be traced back to the faithfulness of a previous generation (Psalm 78:5–8)
- In contrast, the faithlessness of a generation can often be traced to a generational distance from faithful believers (Judges 2:10–11)
- Believers in an older generation can hope for long life in order to carry out this stewardship (Psalm 71:18)
- This heritage is often passed on in the home, from parents to children (Deuteronomy 6:6–9)
- A vision for this heritage extends to a generation that is yet unborn (Psalms 22:30, 78:6, 102:18)
- Fundamentally, this heritage is rooted in the unchanging faithfulness of God to every generation (Genesis 9:12–13, 17:9, Deuteronomy 7:9, Psalms 33:11, 89:1)
This is a charge we must take seriously. God’s desire is to use mothers & fathers and grandmothers & grandfathers to proclaim His glories from our families to the nations! It would be fair to say the hand the rocks the cradle shows God’s glory to the world!