Prepare – Psalm 78:4-7
We will not hide them from their children, but tell to the coming generation the glorious deeds of the Lord, and his might, and the wonders that he has done. He established a testimony in Jacob and appointed a law in Israel, which he commanded our fathers to teach to their children, that the next generation might know them, the children yet unborn, and arise and tell them to their children, so that they should set their hope in God and not forget the works of God, but keep his commandments.
Hope in God! I used to see that phrase on a banner on top of a church in downtown Minneapolis whenever I would drive through the city. This passage has been a favorite of mine for a long time. It is simple yet profound instruction from God’s Word that has had a great impact in my life.
How do we hope in God and pass on hope in God, according to this passage? We do that by telling of the great things that God has done. The Exodus and escape from Egypt is one of the great wonders of the Old Testament, which points forward to the death and resurrection of Jesus in the New Testament. Those are just two examples of the wonders of God that fill the Bible.
God wants us to tell the next generation of the greatness of God through what he has done in our own lives as well. What has God done in you and for you? Share that with others. When we tell others about the greatness of God and his power, it springs up in us and others belief in who God is and what he is able to do. It gives people real events and personal understanding of God so that, when they are in difficulty and trial, they can have hope that God can do wonderful things again.
Remember what God has done, tell of him, and hope in God!
~ Pastor Craig Johnson