All the Generations to Come

April 12, 2019: Psalms 78; Isaiah 6.

I don’t mind being alone all day – but not all night. When my husband was gone for the National Guard, I either moved in with Paula or had Melinda move in with me!

David had a Men’s Retreat this weekend. I called Melinda and we went shopping. She did not stay the night.

I just rehearsed the stories in the Bible and knew I would be okay.

  • If Joseph could be separated from his family for 13 years, I can sleep alone one night.
  • If Jonah could survive in the belly of a whale for three days, I can sleep alone one night.
  • If Daniel could sleep in a lion’s den, I can sleep alone one night.
  • If Samson, Jeremiah, John the Baptist, Peter, Paul, Barnabas, Mark, Apollos, and John the Revelator could sleep in prison, I can sleep alone one night.

Psalms 78:1-7, “Listen, dear friends, to God’s truth, bend your ears to what I tell you.

(2) I’m chewing on a morsel of a proverb; I’ll let you in on the sweet old truths,

(3) Stories we heard from our fathers, counsel we learned at our mother’s knee.

(4) We’re not keeping this to ourselves, we’re passing it along to the next generation – God’s fame and fortune, the marvelous things he has done.

(5) He planted a witness in Jacob, set His Word firmly in Israel. Then commanded our parents to teach it to their children.

(6) So the next generation would know, and all the generations to come – Know the truth and tell the stories.

(7) So their children can trust in God. Never forget the works of God but keep His commands to the letter.”

The Message

This is why we read Bible stories to our children and grandchildren. At some point, they will face a dark time without us. They are never alone because Jesus never leaves. But they will need stories to remember when they are feeling insecure.

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