“Nevertheless, for David’s sake the Lord his God gave him a lamp in Jerusalem by raising up a son to succeed him and by making Jerusalem strong.” 1 Kings 15:4
(Verse chosen from today’s Bible reading – 1 Kings 15 & 2 Chronicles 13-14 & Philippians 4)
There are numerous Old Testament Scriptures about things going “to the next generation.” Here is another one.
David was close to God. God made promises to him and now those promises are being carried out.
Abijam, and other David descendants, had little regard for God. They angered Him. They displeased Him. God could have wiped them out in a heartbeat. But He didn’t. Why? Because of His promises to David. Because He loved David. Because David, for the most part, was obedient to Him.
There is something for me in this story. My life for God now can impact the generations after me. I will be long gone but my life now can influence the future.
I have been praying regularly for my family. Some love God while others are uninterested in God. I ask God to intervene in all their lives without having any sense of how God will “intervene.” That “intervention” could well happen after I’m gone. Doesn’t make a bit of difference to me. There may be times where lives are spared or wrong roads recognized and it will be the God of the next generation doing it.
My task is to be Godly now. To do what He wants me to do in the midst that He has me in. I know that God is where my family is. I do not have to dispatch Him to them. He knows them. He knows what they need. In prayer I join Him in their midst knowing that He knows what they need. He is able to break through resistance to Him. I can’t make that happen so I ask Him to intervene for me knowing that during my earthly time it may not happen. But if I believe the Old Testament to be true then I know that God can reach to my next generation. Hallelujah!
“Lord, You are a great God. There is no way I can understand You. You love me and You love my family. Your reach is beyond the present. You know the future. I cling to the thought that You can reach beyond me to my family. You also can do that reaching at Your good pleasure. Your timing is mandatory. Help me to trust You. Help me to be confident in You. I praise You, Father.”