Deuteronomy 6:5-9 –“And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might. And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart: And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up. And thou shalt bind them for a sign upon thine hand, and they shall be as frontlets between thine eyes. And thou shalt write them upon the posts of thy house, and on thy gates.”
Exodus 10:2 “And that thou mayest tell in the ears of thy son, and of thy son’s son, what things I have wrought in Egypt, and my signs which I have done among them; that ye may know how that I am the LORD.”
I think I have told you that the first 9 years of my life or so were with my grandma, a devout catholic. And although she did her best in instilling in me to stay faithful in the catholic church, my trust grew thin as they never proved anything to me. She made me believe that the gods she worshipped were miraculous and can do wonders until one day I did something grave that dismissed my belief in the faith she was in.
One day while she was away, I tied all her idols by their necks, about six of them, on a string with the other end of the string tied to corner post and the other end on my hand. I swung it round and round to try if they really have power. Nothing happened to me.
In contrast, when I was returned to my parents, i saw miracles in my father’s worship of the living God. My father was a faithful Christian. My mom wasn’t a Christian until they had their sixth child. My dad became a Christian just before they got married. And all those years, until their sixth my dad kept on praying that my mom would receive Jesus as her Saviour and Lord.
One Sunday morning, my mom instead of asking Dad to take her to her church, she decided to come with dad to his church. There she met the Saviour. I didn’t see this happen but dad told many of this story how mom received the Lord and counted it as a miracle. I saw many miracles of God through the prayers of my dad. He taught us the Word of God. He taught us that the true worshipper must worship God in spirit and in truth. He taught us that God hates the worship of idols.
One day, we were bracing for a big storm. My dad prayed our farm would be spared from damage. And GOD answered just that. Adjoining farms had severe damage, ours were minimal.
Another, time my mom was rendered dead from lost of blood after delivery. In those days, our only means of transport was by the back of a horse or karabaw. My dad knew she wouldn’t reach town. And I can remember, my dad gathering us together in his arms and he prayed for a miracle. After we prayed mom’s bleeding stopped and she started to respond. There were miracles after miracles that built my trust in the living God.
Those miracles confirmed the stories he taught us from Scriptures about the children of Israel. One of the reasons why God sent so many plagues upon Egypt was so that the generation to come could see the signs that God is the LORD.
God told Moses that He would show these signs before him so that he would “tell in the ears of thy son, and of thy son’s son, what things I have wrought in Egypt, and my signs which I have done among them; that ye may know how that I am the LORD.”
The same God that showed signs to Moses in Egypt is still alive today. The next generation will often determine how powerful God is by how much they see Him working through our lives. This should be convicting us to walk faithfully. Our focus should be God. Our number one priority must be God. Not how to live in this world. Not how to better our material life. Our individual question must be- what is God doing through me that my children would know that God is the LORD?
Yes, the next generation needs to be reminded of what God has done for previous generations, but what they need to see more is that God still has the power to work today. They need to see God working in your life so it will create an appetite in them to see Him work through theirs.
There are three signs that God wants to show to the next generation.
1. HIS POWER EVIDENT IN OUR LIVES
First, God wants the next generation to see the signs of His power through miracles. Folks, the same God that performed miracles in the past is still working miracles today. God has not lost His power, but Christians have lost their appetite for intercessory prayer. God has placed in my heart to encourage us to gather together at the Throne of Grace of God for intercessory prayer at 9 o’clock in the evening, nightly.
I do not know what God will do to our individual families in this exercise. All I know is that God is well pleased when we come to Him together. Matthew 18:20 says, For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them. God will never be in the midst when He is not pleased.
If we would pray today like they did in yesteryears, we could see God perform the same miracles in our lives. The next generation doesn’t just need to hear how God performed miracles in the past, but they need to see Him perform miracles through you.
2. His PROTECTION EVIDENT IN OUR LIVES
God wants them or the next generation to see the signs of His protection and deliverance. God’s deliverance of Israel wasn’t just for the generation who grew up in Egypt, but it was also for the second generation who were to conquer the Promised Land.
Your children need to see how God has delivered you through tough times. Sometimes, that’s the main reason why He allowed tough times to a child of God. Simply put, they need to see God answer prayers. If you want your children to continue serving the LORD, you need to make much about God’s answers to prayers. They need to see God answering so many prayers that it creates an appetite to have Him answer their own prayers.
3. His PRESENCE EVIDENT IN OUR LIVES
God wants the next generation to see the signs of His presence in your life. God’s power on one’s life is not just for previous generations, but it is also for today. Do you have God’s power on your life? Is it obvious to your children that God is doing something through you? You won’t have to tell them if He is, they will be able to see it. They should see God’s power working through their papa and mama, pastor and leaders in the church so much that they want the same power working through them.
I ask you, what is God doing through you that your children know that God is the LORD? Let this short devotional be that stimulant for us to see God work in our life. Remember that every time He works through you, it is so that you can show the next generation that God is the LORD.