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God's Grandchildren

God's Grandchildren

27 March 2010

Today’s Reading: Judges 1-3; 1 Corinthians 12

Scripture:

Eventually that entire generation died and was buried. Then another generation grew up that didn’t know anything of God or the work he had done for Israel. (Judges 2:10 MSG)

I’ve often heard the expression, “God has no grandchildren!” The meaning? The only way to come into relationship with God is personally and individually believing the Good News and putting your faith in Jesus Christ – being born again.

It seems to me that what went wrong here in Israel was that after Joshua and those of the generation that had seen God’s power in the Exodus and in the wilderness all died, what was left was “God’s Grandchildren.”

Judges 3:1-2 says, “These are the nations that God left there, using them to test the Israelites who had no experience in the Canaanite wars. He did it to train the descendants of Israel, the ones who had no battle experience, in the art of war.”

The generation that had known God’s miraculous power in Egypt and their children who had seen God’s miraculous provision in the wilderness and who had defeated their enemies with God’s miraculous help had failed to pass on the reality of the life of faith.

We Christians need to transparently fight the battles of the faith-life in the presence of the next generation of believers. They need to see us fighting and winning the battles between fear and trust, between selfishness and generosity, between resentment and forgiveness, between materialism and contentment, between doubt and faith, between hate and love. We Christian parents need to involve our kids in the processes of faith – the challenges, the struggles, the prayers for God’s help and intervention, and in facing life’s challenges and applying faith to the realities of life.

Let’s do our part to ensure the next generation are God’s Kids, not his grandchildren!

Prayer:

Father, I’m thankful that our kids are not God’s Grandchildren. It is good to see their faith grow and develop as they mature and face the realities of life with an internalized faith and not with a cheap copy. Give them wisdom to help first-generation faith develop in their own kids so my grandchildren won’t be God’s Grandchildren. Amen.

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