“Keep The Sabbaths Holy…!”(Ez.20:18-20).
“Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it”(Prv.22:6). As easy as it seems, it is yet difficult because most parents did not pass that way.
The generational gap comes with a generational tension that is perennial and which does not exclude any generation.
Some children have foundered because their parents forced them to study what had been the parent’s dream for self.
It is not because you wanted to be a pilot and didn’t have the opportunity that you must force your child to become a pilot.
Parental guidance is important, as well as it is important for children to obey their parents. But parents must not force their own unfulfilled dreams on their children.
The children have their own dreams to dream and to fulfill their dreams in their own rights.
In the same way, when one generation fails God, he deals with a new generation in their own rights.
Besides, when one generation fails God, he starts a new beginning with the next generation.
The children who experienced the exodus did not enter the Promise Land because they rebelled against God. God vowed that they will not enter the Promise Land, although he had pity on them. Only their children entered even though they had to suffer for forty years to pay for the sins of their forebears(Num.14:26-35 & Ez.20:18-20).
God told the children, “Do not follow the statutes of your fathers or keep their laws or defile yourselves with their idols. I am the LORD your God; follow my decrees and be careful to keep my laws. Keep my Sabbaths holy, that they may be a sign between us. Then you will know that I am the LORD your God.”
What was said to those desert children of yesteryears is being said to each generation. And expected response is obedience.
That’s the only way by which we know and experience that the LORD is our God.
Even though the promises of God has been fulfilled in Christ, each generation has to be jilted and brought back to the reality that is found only in Christ.
Just as the children who entered the Promise Land were to suffer for the sins of their forebears, their compensation too is that with the next generation in mind, God had a better plan.
This makes the faith cross-generational. For even though the forebears were commended for their faith, “yet none of them received what had been promised. God had planned something better for us so that only together with us would they be made perfect”(Heb.11:39-40).
Bottom line dear friend: If we have wandered off from the presence of the LORD, it’s not yet late to make a turnaround back to the LORD through the cross.
Let us keep the Sabbaths holy as a sign between God and us.
Prayer: Holy Spirit help me to keep the Sabbaths holy as a sign between the Father and I. Amen!
Have a blessed day! Peace be with you!
Rev Babila Fochang.