Some of my most treasured childhood and teenage memories are sitting at the side of my grandmother’s bed, listening to stories about my family. My grandmother’s first husband died when he was fifty-two of multiple stings from wasps. They had eight children, and it was during the Great Depression. There were many wonderful stories of God’s provision for them every step of the way. Later my grandmother re-married. That second husband bought a house, but he died soon afterward. After he died, my grandmother could not afford to pay the mortgage, and my parents, sister and me moved in with her. As a result, I got to hear many stories about my grandfather; the times of growing up in the depression; and story after story about how God provided for this family when it seemed that the odds were impossible.
Today I read a principle that follows what my grandmother practiced. The psalmist wrote, “We will not hide them from their children, showing to the generation to come the praises of the LORD, and His strength, and His wonderful works that He hath done” (Psalm 78:4). It is so important for us to pass along the things we have learned to those who are coming after us. The psalmist spoke of not hiding the things that happened in the history of Israel from the children. It is our responsibility take what we have learned and pass it along to our children in a way that will cause them to have confidence in God. You cannot teach those following you, what you have not learned yourself.
“That the generation to come might know them, even the children which should be born; who should arise and declare them to their children: That they might set their hope in God, and not forget the works of God, but keep his commandments” (Psalm 78:6-7). The whole purpose of passing along what we have learned to those following us is so that they will HOPE IN GOD! Here we are some 2,500 years after this chapter was written, reading of the things that happened in the Old Testament days because some of God’s people were faithful to pass their history along.
What will future generations know of God from what we are passing along? Let’s determine today to be faithful so that those who are coming along in the future will have a good path to follow. Decide today to be faithful today, and share with someone who will be a leader in the future.