Words from the Heart for Wednesday February 8th, 2017

Our children will also serve him. Future generations will hear about the wonders of the Lord. His righteous acts will be told to those not yet born. They will hear about everything he has done.

Psalm 22:30-31 (NLT)

Future Generations

The Lord desires that every generation will know Him and even partner with Him in His plans. We live our lives not just for ourselves but for future generations, too. Let us leave for them a testimony of the wonder-filled God we serve. That testimony will stir their faith to know Him, too.

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Devotion

As a result of gains in life expectancy, an increasing number of Canadians are reaching the age of 100. The 2011 Census enumerated 5,825 people aged 100 years and older, compared to 4,635 in 2006 and 3,795 in 2001. Recent Statistics Canada’s population projections show that the number of centenarians will likely continue to rise. By 2031, it could reach more than 17,000 and by 2061, close to 80,000. By that time, many baby boomers will have reached 100. In addition, life expectancy is likely to continue to rise in Canada over the next decades, increasing the chance for individuals to reach 100 years. The 2011 Census counted 4,870 women and 955 men aged 100 and over. The corresponding sex ratio was about 500 women for every 100 men, the highest of all age groups.

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Aren’t you glad the first generation of followers of Jesus didn’t keep the good news of the Gospel to themselves? Or the next generation? Or the next? The Gospel is always and only one generation from extinction. That is why since the first time God revealed Himself to the world He has given the command to pass on His name and His message to the next generation. In Psalm 22:30-31 we read “Our children will also serve him. Future generations will hear about the wonders of the Lord. His righteous acts will be told to those not yet born. They will hear about everything he has done.” Here is the great promise. While the Gospel is always one generation away from being forgotten, it never will be, because God is at work with power through the message of the Good News. Until Jesus comes and establishes His kingdom, generation after generation will hear of the Lord and will serve Him. This has been the case for millennia and here in Psalm 22 we have both the promise and the prophecy that God will preserve a people for Himself in every generation. It is our task to take the Gospel to our generation. The message stays the same – the word of God and the Gospel is unchangeable. But each generation, including ours, must learn how to tell others about the wonders of the Lord and His righteous acts. How can you do so today?

These have been words from the heart.
Bob Beasley