It has been said that it only took a few months to get Israel out of Egypt, but it took forty years to get Egypt out of Israel.
In praying through our Psalm for prayer this week, Psalm 78, I’m struck again by the stubbornness of that generation. One of the big points for prayer in the psalm is, “Don’t be like THAT generation.”
Psalm 78:8 (ESV) – and that they should not be like their fathers, a stubborn and rebellious generation, a generation whose heart was not steadfast, whose spirit was not faithful to God.
Tell your children not to be like that stubborn generation. They saw God do so much and yet remembered so little of what God had done. They witnessed unparalleled miracles among them, but so few experienced the miraculous within them.
Please, please, please warn your children not to be like them. “Don’t harden your hearts. Keep listening to the voice of God in his written word.” Show them Hebrews chapters 3 and 4. “These things happened for an example to us,” Paul told the Corinthians, in order that we might not indulge in the same evil lusts (1 Cor.10:6). Our children need to hear this so that they won’t be THAT generation.
God does what he does in our lives so that we might hope in God and then flesh out that hope in a faithful, obedient life (v.7). The Spirit of God, Omnipotence Himself, indwells our mortal bodies and is completely capable of working this out of us and he works his good pleasure in us. He has made an even better covenant with us, new covenant believers, and in Christ has given us even more good reason to stay soft-hearted toward God.
Jesus made a way. The Spirit provides the necessary strength. It’s the Father’s amazing plan. Teach this to your children, over, and over, over again. Point out the wondrous works of God in both the exodus and the cross. Mix in some special stories of how God has led your family in particular. And urge your children to not be like THAT generation.