I took my kids to a Family Fun Night where they put their names in a raffle to win bikes. All four of my kids got to have one try. I was really hoping at least one of them would win, but they didn’t. My 5 yr old son was the saddest. He cried, because he really wanted the police bike. I had to remind him at least three times that he had won a bike last year in a library raffle. I think about how short-sighted his little mind can be, and how God was using him to show me how mine is as well…
It seems like the people of Jerusalem and Judah struggled with the same stubborness that I do. God sent Jeremiah to give them a message,”God-of-the Angel-Armies, the God of Israel says, “Why won’t you learn your lesson and do what I tell you?” God’s Decree, “The commands of Johadab son of Recab to his sons have been carried out to the letter. He told them not to drink wine, and they haven’t touched a drop to this very day. They honored and obeyed their ancestor’s command. But look at you! I have gone to a lot of trouble to get your attention and you ignored me. I sent prophet after prophet to you, all of them my servants, to tell you from early morning to late at night to change your life, make a clean break with your evil past and do what is right, to not take up with every Tom, Dick and Harry of a God that comes down the pike, but settle down and be faithful in this country I gave your ancestors. “And, what do I get from you? Deaf ears.” Jeremiah 35 MSG
I am thankful for God’s patience with me. He knows me and He will do whatever it takes to get my attention and show mercy and love while doing it. I want to remind me kids of God’s faithfulness in our lives, whenever I have the chance….
“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. He planted a witness in Jacob, set His word firmly in Israel, Then commanded our parents to teach it to their children, So, the next generation would know, and all the generations to come- Know the truth and tell the stories, so their children can trust in God, Never forget the works of God, but keep his commandments to the letter. Heaven forbid they should be like their parents, bullheaded and bad, a fickle and faithless bunch who never stayed true to God…They forgot what He had done-marvels he’d done right before their eyes…But, God helped them anyway.” Psalm 7: 1-25 MSG
Dear Jesus, Forgive me when I am so forgetful of your faithfulness in my life. Thank you for the big and little ways that you remind me. And help me to be diligent in keeping a record for myself, so that I will never grow weary of telling my kids about You and Your marvelous works, Amen.