I have had some verses roaming around in my head and popping up in my morning devotions. Yesterday, we sat down as a family for “church time” as we call it, (basically, we all sit down and read our Bibles for a while, pray, and when everyone is done with personal time, we all share something if God has placed a verse, or a song on our hearts) God just totally grouped a bunch of verses together for me and connected all the dots.
It started off with 1 Peter 1:5-6
“You should be glad on this account, though now for a little while you may be distressed by trials and suffer temptations, so that the genuineness of your faith may be tested and purified by fire. May be found to result in praise, glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ.” Now, we are in a bit of a rough patch as a family, struggling to make ends meet. Having faith in God in these times is difficult.
Then I started reading some of these verses in Psalms.
“Posterity shall serve Him, they shall tell of the Lord to the next generation. They shall come and shall declare His righteousness to a people yet to be born that He has done it.” ~ Ps. 22:30-31
“Walk about Zion, and go round about her, number her towers, Consider well her ramparts, go through her palaces and citadels, that you may tell the next generation. For this God is our God forever and ever, He will be our guide, even unto death.” ~ Ps. 48:12-13
“Then we your people, the sheep of your pasture, will give you thanks forever; we will show forth and publish your praise from generation to generation.” ~ Ps. 79:13
“Let this be recorded for generation yet unborn, that a people yet to be created shall praise the Lord” ~ Ps. 102:18
“Great is the Lord and highly to be praised; and His greatness is unsearchable. One generation shall laud Your works to another and shall declare Your mighty acts.” ~ Ps. 145:3-4
The Psalms and indeed the whole Bible are full of moments where one generation writes of what God has done that the next might also praise the Lord. One of the most well known being Psalm 136, where the writer recounts all the great things the Lord has done for His people Israel and after every little piece that is revealed, he writes “For His mercy and loving kindness endures forever”
Is this not a beautiful picture of what we must do? There are so many things that the Lord has done for our family, and yet, after we thank and praise the Lord in the moment, they are soon forgotten in the next great thing. I want to remember them all! For our God is great, and with the remembrance and retelling of these awesome and mighty acts, my faith will be strengthened, and the faith of future generations will be as well. I want to be ale to recount to my children and grandchildren of all the mighty acts He had done for us. How He loved us so much He blessed us richly and abundantly.
I want to tell them how God saved my Mom and Dad and brought them from darkness to light. How He carried my family through some dark and troubled times. How He healed my mama from a sickness that had her bed-ridden. How He changed the hearts of those who were in opposition against us. How He provided for our every need when we had no where else to turn.
How, He even blessed us in the little things. How He provided a job for me where I don’t even have to leave my home. How He made dreams come true and allows me to do so many things I love. How He provided a ministry for my family and a way we can bless others.
I could go on forever, but I seriously encourage you. Write down what God has done for you and your family, remember them. Tell them to your children and grandchildren. Praise His name!
Remember them in the hard times, in the trials and tribulations, when it is hard to have faith, when it is hard to trust Him. Remember what He has done for you and take heart. He is the same yesterday, today and forever. He will never change and He will always love you, always provide, always protect. Blessed Be His name!
By His Grace,