OYB April 24

Filed in ReligionTags: Christianity, Devotions, One Year Bible

Today´s reading:
OT: Judges 2:10-23, Judges 3
NT: Luke 22:14-34
Ps: Psalm 92-93
Pr: Proverbs 14:1-2

Today´s notable verses:

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)

What a tragic start to Israel's life in God's promised land! This verse reminds me of a quote by Billy Graham, and immortalized by one of his proteges, Argentinian evangelist Luis Palau, that "God has no grandchildren." The generation of Israelites who took possession of the promised land utterly failed in their responsibility to pass on their knowledge of and relationship with the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob to their descendants. This responsibility remains the same for each and every generation of Christians today. The heritage of faith must be passed on from generation to generation, from parents to their children.

I am so grateful to my grandmother, who truly is the matriarch of faith of my family. She raised my father and his siblings in the faith, and waited patiently for my grandfather to accept the faith, as well. (I didn't know until recently that he was not baptized until my father had almost graduated high school.) I have been truly blessed to have a family of such strong faith, in large part due to the perseverance and patience of my grandmother.

Mightier than the thunder of the great waters,
mightier than the breakers of the sea—
the LORD on high is mighty.

Psalm 93:4 (NIV)

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