And all that generation also were gathered to their fathers. And there arose another generation after them who did no know the Lord or the work that he had done for Israel. And the people of Israel did what was evil in the sight of the Lord and served the Baals. (Judges 2:10-11)
How amazing! A whole generation that didn’t “know the Lord or the work that he had done”. How could this happen to God’s chosen people? These were the same people He performed miracle after miracle for. Again, a whole generation of Israelites don’t know who God was! This might seem like a familiar story to you if you live in the United States. A generation is currently on the rise that has never stepped foot into church, read their Bible, or even learned about Jesus. What do we make of this?
It can be easy to place blame on others but, really, the next generation comes down to you and me. We are responsible for the discipleship and upbringing of the next generation. Let’s stop passing the blame and start taking responsibility. If you have kids, don’t just expect the church or school to teach and disciple them; be involved. If you have friends or family who are struggling, take an active role in their lives, and in sharing the truth about God with them.
Take some time today in prayer asking God to show you where you need to step up. This might be in the life of a grandchild, friend, child, or even co-worker. If all of us can step up for even just one person or family, we can reverse the course for a whole generation.
Remember that we serve a powerful and loving God; call on His guidance and help today!