After that whole generation had been gathered to their ancestors, another generation grew up who knew neither the LORD nor what he had done for Israel. —Judges 2:10

So even to old age and gray hairs, O God, do not forsake me, until I proclaim your might to another generation, your power to all those to come. —Psalm 71:18

            How sad that the next generation after Joshua “grew up who knew neither the LORD nor what he had done for Israel.”  How is this possible?  How did this next generation grow up not knowing what the Lord had done for Israel?  Why was this generation not told what the Lord had done?  Why did they not come to know the Lord?  Were their fathers so distracted with the immediate that they did not prepare the next generation with what was most important— to know the Lord?

            This was not King David’s desire.  He not only wanted to affect the next generation, but all those who were to come after him.  Even to this day King David is having an effect by what God is saying to me through what He moved David to write.  You too are being affected by what David was moved by God to write as well.  The question is “How will I and  how will you affect the next generation after us and generations to come?”

            If you and I are obedient in being witness (Acts 1:8) and making disciples (Matthew 28:19-20) then we will have an impact on the next generation and the generations to come.  Think about it.  How did you come to know Jesus?  Yes, it is true that no man can come to Jesus unless the Father draws him (John 6:44).  But God’s plan is to work through His people to reach more people.  That has happened down through the ages.  It would be interesting if we could see which Apostle our spiritual ancestral generational tree originated from.  From one of the Apostles right down to you followers of Jesus have been faithful to share His Word as witnesses and making disciples who would to the same after them.  That is how you became a believer— through the generational faithfulness of others down through the ages.  Now, the question is— Will I be a faithful witness and disciple-maker that generations to come will be effected?  Or, will my spiritual ancestral generational tree end with me?  Oh, that there will be many branches from me that will create many branches as well down to the end of the age.  May it be so for the honor and glory of God!

Dear Father may I be a faithful witness and disciple-maker for You in the power of Your Holy Spirit and in the authority of Jesus for the rest of my life.  May it be so!

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