Arrows of the Almighty
Psalm 78 recounts key events covering 450 years of Jewish history, reminding them of God's command to teach their children and children's children about Him so that future generations will love and worship Him (vv. 5-8). In His
covenant with Abraham, God said Abraham was chosen for this same purpose: "so that [Abraham] will direct his children and his household after him to keep the way of the Lord"
More than one parenting website tells parents to, "Prepare the child for the road, not the road for the child." Instead of trying to remove all obstacles and pave the way for the children in our life, we should instead equip them to deal with the difficulties they encounter on the road ahead. Each life has and will have its challenges.
As Psalm 78:4-6 promises God that, "We will tell the next generation the praiseworthy deeds of the Lord, his power, and the wonders he has done. He decreed statutes . . ., which he commanded our ancestors to teach their children, so the next generation would know them . . . and they in turn would tell their children" (Ps. 78:4-6). The goal is that "they would put their trust in God and would not forget his deeds but would keep his commands" (v. 7).
Look back and do not forget the powerful spiritual impact others had on you through what they said and how they lived. Their conversation and demonstration captured your attention and kindled a fire in you to follow Jesus just as they did. God put a few of those saints in my life, that's for sure.
It's a wonderful privilege and responsibility to share God's Word and His plan for our lives with the next generation and the generations to come. No matter what lies ahead on their road through life, we want them to be prepared and equipped to face it in the strength of the Lord.