Help each generation set its love, faith, hope on Him

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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Saturday, February 8, 2020

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May you find comfort, encouragement, guidance, hope, inspiration, love, and peace – May you also find answers to your question(s) through the Scriptures that address every situation you face, and help with your problems. Deb

Dear Lord, open our hearts and our minds to the power of Your Word, which as we read, we may know, understand, and obey Your Word for us today. We pray in Jesus’ name. Amen. (Author unknown)

Today’s scripture reading:

[Help each generation set its love, faith, hope on Him.]

God commanded that the stories of his mighty acts in Israel’s history and his laws be passed on from parents to children. This shows the purpose and importance of religious education: to help each generation obey God and set its hope on him.   It is important to keep children from repeating the same mistakes as their ancestors. What are you doing to pass on the history of God’s work to the next generation? (NLT)

Psalm 78-1-7 – O my people, listen to my instructions. Open your ears to what I am saying, for I will speak to you in a parable. I will teach you hidden lessons from our past—stories we have heard and known, stories our ancestors handed down to us. We will not hide these truths from our children, we will tell the next generation about the glorious deeds of the Lord, about his power and his mighty wonders. For he issued his laws to Jacob, he gave his instructions to Israel. He commanded our ancestors to teach them to their children, so the next generation might know them—even the children not yet born—and they in turn will teach their own children. So each generation should set its hope anew on God, not forgetting his glorious miracles and obeying his commands.

Quoted verse: Lord, you have been our dwelling place throughout all generations. –Psalm 90:1 (NIV)

“Story” – Beverly Taylor (Arizona, USA) titled her story “PIONEERS OF FAITH;” here is a portion of Beverly’s story:

“While researching county records, I found a memoir by a family of pioneers who homesteaded in the same region where my family lived in the 1800s. I was thrilled to discover that this family and mine together built sod houses . . . and established a house of worship amid the prairie’s cold, bitter winters and sweltering hot summers.   In fact, it was noted that during one particular crisis my great-great-grandfather reminded this close-knit community that God would work things together for their good, as promised in Romans 8:28. It spoke volumes to me that God was his dwelling place, his refuge.

“I feel fortunate that over a century ago, my family was trusting in the God whom I worship and trust. I have a legacy of faith, an inheritance of belief – carried down through generations.

“The words of Psalm 90 resonate now more than ever. As parents, grandparents, or friends, we all have an opportunity to influence the generations that follow. Let us resolve, along with the psalmist, to ‘tell the next generation the praiseworthy deeds of the Lord, his power, and the wonders he has done’ (Ps. 78:4, NIV).”

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – How am I passing on a legacy of faith to those who come after me?

Prayer: Dear God, help our lives and words to reflect our trust in your amazing power, love, and strength. Amen.

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