Spring is a wonderful time to have a birthday and spring has finally sprung in our neck of the woods. Yesterday we spent a lot of time outside, sipping sun tea and enjoying the warmer, dry weather. I hope we can do that today, too. Since it's my birthday (and my Ruthie's, too) we get off a lot of our work and get to relax a little more.
I've had some good Bible-reading and thinking time in the early mornings lately and want to share some of what God's impressing upon my mind through His word.
The other morning I was reading in Psalm 78 and was struck with the repeated and clear call to teach our children and grandchildren of the goodness and greatness of God. it is because of a failure to do this that the Ephraimites are fearful and turn back from battle. Because the people were not reviewing and passing on the knowledge of God's awesomeness and His commands, they fell into sin and were punished. And, actually, the teaching to the next generations is one of those direct commands, according to verses 5-8.
I have to wonder how different the U.S. would be if parents and grandparents hadn't dropped the ball on this, too. How different the whole world could be.
"Yet he, being compassionate, atoned for their iniquity and did not destroy them; he restrained his anger often and did not stir up all his wrath. He remembered that they were but flesh, a wind that passes and comes not again." (verses 38-39)
Please, God, grant us mercy and changed hearts and priorities and help the parents to teach their children of you. Help us to be better examples, too.