October 6 - Faith and the Next Generation

By Mary J. Yerkes

Today's Scripture: Psalm 78:4

Central Thought: God calls us to transfer a living, vibrant faith to the next generation.

    The faith of the next generation is not guaranteed. The Bible tells us that after Moses led the children of Israel out of Egypt, he died, leaving Joshua to lead the people into the Promised Land. After Joshua's death, we read these disturbing words, 'After that whole generation had been gathered to their fathers, another generation grew up, who knew neither the Lord nor what he had done for Israel” (Judges 2:10 NIV).

    How did an entire generation, raised among God's people, grow up not knowing the Lord? Sadly, we witness the same thing today.

    The Bible is clear; we play an active role in passing the baton of faith to the next generation. God calls us to 'tell the next generation the praiseworthy deeds of the Lord, his power, and the wonders he has done” (Psalm 78:4 NIV). Whether sharing with our own children or those younger in the faith, we must be deliberate and intentional to transfer a life-changing faith to the next generation.

    Sadly, some abdicate this responsibility to the church or other 'professional” Christians. Others lack a testimony of God's work in their own lives due to compromise or half-hearted living. Before we can share a living faith with the next generation, we must first experience it in our own hearts. Are you passionate for God and people, or have you grown content with lukewarm Christianity and mediocre living? What do your priorities say about you? Your lifestyle? The next generation is not only listening, they are watching, and your life speaks volumes.

    Few things matter in this life, but the faith of the next generation does matter. May we place the baton of faith firmly into the hand of the next generation. And once the baton is passed, may we continue to pray and cheer them on as they run the race, passing their faith onto another generation.

Devotional Prayer: Lord, forgive us for our apathy. Do a mighty work in our lives and in the lives of this next generation, as we press on in obedience to Your Word.

Today's Bible Reading: Jeremiah 6:15-8:7; Colossians 2:8-23; Psalm 78:1-31; Proverbs 24:26