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Devotion - February 1, 2013
O my people, hear my teaching; listen to the words of my mouth. I will open my mouth in parables, I will utter hidden things, things from of old—what we have heard and known, what our fathers have told us. We will not hide them from their children; we will tell the next generation the praiseworthy deeds of the LORD, his power, and the wonders he has done.
Teach the Next Generation
We all understand that there is certain information that is vital for one generation to pass on to the next. That is why History is still a major subject taught in schools. It is important for children to be familiar with the events that shaped the world they live in today.
In the home, practical information is passed on from one generation to the next. Mothers and fathers teach their children how to do the things that they were taught by their parents: how to change the oil in the car, patch a hole in the wall, cook a good evening meal, or do the laundry without fading the colors or shrinking the clothes. Even older siblings have the urge to pass on their wisdom to their younger brothers and sisters.
Of all the important and practical information that we want to make sure we share with the next generation, God’s Word has to be at the top of the list. What could be more important than teaching the next generation where they and the world they enjoy living in actually came from? What could be more important than teaching them the expectations God has for their lives and the purpose he has given to them for living those lives? What could be more practical than teaching them to know the love God has for them—love that is so intense it moved him to sacrifice his own Son for them?
This ancient information is practical for our children because it gives them a solid foundation for their lives. No matter what kind of obstacles or troubles they may face, God’s love for them never changes. The love that sent Jesus to the cross to die for them is the same love that continues to care for them and protect them every day.
That love has thrown open the gates of heaven for all who believe. In order for our children to pass through those gates they need to believe, and in order for them to believe they have to be taught the truths of God’s Word. It is our responsibility to make sure those precious truths are taught to the next generation.
Lord God, teach me the importance of your Word and cause me to love it so that I will pass it on to the next generation. Amen.
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