DayBreaks for 5/04/18: Good for Generations
From the DayBreaks archive, May 2008:
There’s a bank here in California that is advertising free checking for the next 1000 years. As they put it, “After that – you’re on your own!”. If a generation is 25 years (which is the number I believe they typically use), then there would be 40 generations in 1000 years. Not bad. Free checking for 40 generations. That could save $72,000 (assuming $6 per month for 1000 years). Would you like to be able to give something to your kids and their kids and their kids after them that would last for much more than 40 generations? It is possible (and no, you don’t have to have to spend a penny for it)!
Deuteronomy 5:9-10 says: You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the fathers to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me, but showing love to a thousand [generations] of those who love me and keep my commandments. In fact, a statement similar to this is made numerous times in the Old Testament.
So, what is it that you can give your children that will outlast the next millennium? Check out Jeremiah 32:38-39: They will be my people, and I will be their God. I will give them singleness of heart and action, so that they will always fear me FOR THEIR OWN GOOD and the GOOD OF THEIR CHILDREN after them. (emphasis mine, GCD)
Right there it is: give your children the fear of God. Why? Well, if you believe God (and I do!), He says that it is for our own good and the good of our children after us to fear Him! It isn’t popular to talk about fearing God. We like to quote to the verse: “Perfect love casts out fear.” We know we can come before Him boldly and with confidence. But we are commanded to fear God: 1 Pet 2:17 and Rev. 14:7. It is only natural that as humans we hold someone in awe who can do things far greater than we can do. He is the Judge of the whole earth – the living and the dead, He is the Holy One, the Ancient of Days, and it is only because of His love that we are not all consumed (Lam. 3.22), He holds our lives and destinies in His hand. And God Himself told Israel that they should fear Him for their own sake and the sake of their children. I don’t think you can separate the faithfulness of God and His blessings to our children from the job we have as parents to fear Him and teach our children to fear Him.
I know that I’ll never leave my children an inheritance like Bill Gates could leave his kids. But you know, I really wouldn’t want to. Why should I? I can give them something much better, something that will last for 1000 generations – through teaching them to fear God, to love Him and to keep His commandments. Bill Gates’ kids should be so lucky as to have an inheritance like that!
What are you leaving your kids? How long will it last?
PRAYER: Father, let us leave something behind to our children that is of eternal value, no matter how long this earth may stand. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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