“Listen, O Israel! The Lord is our God, the Lord alone.
And you must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your strength.
And you must commit yourselves wholeheartedly to these commands that I am giving you today.
Repeat them again and again to your children.
Talk about them when you are at home and when you are on the road,
when you are going to bed and when you are getting up.
Tie them to your hands and wear them on your forehead as reminders.
Write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.”
Those are clear instructions for leaving a legacy, don’t you think? Those instructions are timeless. They are meant for this generation as well as the Old Testament people.
Consider how it played out though. Not well!
I think Judges 2:10 is one of the saddest verses in all of God’s Word. It says,
“And there arose [after the generation that knew God],
another generation after them who did not know the Lord or the work that He had done for Israel.”
We need to storm the Throne of Grace and plead …
Lord, help us not to stand by and criticize, but to roll up our sleeves, to get on our knees, to cry out to You, to lay hold of You and to say, “Lord, we are not letting go until You give us the hearts of these young people.”
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Lord, we pray that there would be a movement of purity, of grace, of counter-cultural biblical living. Lord, may we be able, at the end of our lives, to look at the next generation and say they have gone further spiritually than we ever dreamed of going! That they will be bright and shining and pure lights to represent the pure heart of Jesus for generations to come! We pray it in Jesus’ name, amen.*