‘…another generation arose after them who did not know the Lord…’ Judges 2:10
Approaching the end of his life, Joshua calls the nation’s leaders together and says, ‘You yourselves have seen everything the Lord your God has done…’ (Joshua 23:3 NIV). His listeners could remember being supernaturally fed for forty years, seeing the Red Sea divide and the walls of Jericho fall. Then Joshua nails it squarely: ‘”…choose…whom you will serve…”‘ (Joshua 24:15 NIV). What did they do? ‘Israel served the Lord all the days of Joshua…’ (Joshua 24:31 NKJV). So far, so good! But take a closer look. They served God partly, and only when it suited them. The one military action remaining to be taken after Joshua’s death, was to clean out the last pockets of pagan worship. But Israel ‘…did not drive out the inhabitants…’ (Judges 1:27 NKJV). While Joshua had been fully committed to God, the elders were only partly committed. And the result? Their sons and daughters began marrying their neighbours and adopting their sinful lifestyles. ‘…another generation arose after them who did not know the Lord…they provoked the Lord to anger…They did not cease from their own doings nor from their stubborn way’ (Judges 2:10-12,19 NKJV). What shaped the spiritual values of these children? The compromise of their parents! It’s called the generational slide. It helps us to understand how our parents shaped us, and predicts how our commitments, or the lack of them, will shape our children. Parent, you get the first crack at it. Give your children deep spiritual roots as early as possible. That way if they rebel, they’ll have the memories and values to return to. Don’t just tell them about God, model a godly lifestyle before them every day!
till next time,
easy does it 🙂