“But in spite of this, the people kept sinning. Despite His wonders, they refused to trust Him… and did not believe in His wonderful works” (Ps 78:32)
This is a word for parents and pastors. Christmas is a season when our Lord was born. It is also the time to remember that Joseph and Mary became parents to baby Jesus! Please read Psalm 78. We know that the people of Israel had witnessed the miracle power of God again and again. For example, God sent ten plagues on Egypt so that His people will be free. God split the Red Sea so that His people may cross over. God defeated their enemies and protected them by His power. God provided food in the desert and during times of famine. God healed them from all their diseases. God showed His love and care for them as a Father loves His children. The relationship between God and us is the story of grace found in Christ Jesus!!! But we are told that the people kept on sinning because they forgot about what God has done. This is a question: how can the people of God forget what He has done? How is it possible that the children of God should forget what their Father in heaven has done for them?
The first reason why the people of God forgot what He has done is because they disobeyed the command to teach the younger generation the Word and the Work of God. The people of God failed as parents and as teachers. Please meditate upon these words! Selah!!! In particular, they failed to teach the children about the supernatural power of God and His miracles. This failure is very serious and it affected the next generation. The children did not grow up as total unbelievers. They believed in God but only in general. They knew that if you go to church and read the Bible you will find God. But the young men and women grew up as ‘ordinary religious’ people, doubting God’s miracles. A religious evil spirit affected a whole generation!
But it is not only the children who were hurt by this failure. It was the parents too. They forgot who God really is and what He can do. In spite of experiencing uncountable miracles of healing, provision and protection, they did not acknowledge God openly or praised Him in the presence of the children. I hope you know that the best method to remember a lesson is to confess it openly and to teach same to others. The more you teach your children (natural and spiritual) the wonders of God, the more you are able to remember them and to worship God more. As you faithfully teach your children who God is and what He is doing in your midst, God will multiply the miracles to you and to your family. This word is confirmed by generations of parents and pastors who obeyed God’s commands to teach their children the Word of God and to testify about the miracles they have experienced.
“Give ear, O my people, to my law;
Incline your ears to the words of my mouth…
Which we have heard and known,
And our fathers have told us.
We will not hide them from their children,
Telling to the generation to come the praises of the Lord,
And His strength and His wonderful works that He has done …
That they should make them known to their children;
That the generation to come might know them,
The children who would be born,
That they may arise and declare them to their children,
That they may set their hope in God,
And not forget the works of God” (Ps 78:1-7)
Dear parents and children, pastors and congregations, together as family in Christ, we must obey God’s Word! The Holy Spirit ignites the fire but we must keep it burning. This is God’s plan and purpose for us. Failing to teach the next generation about God shall be judged by the same God we have ignored. Selah!!! As a servant of God I fear God and therefore I chose to obey His commands! My work as a pastor, as a mother and a grandmother requires me to diligently study the Word of God and to teach it to my children. This teaching ministry is not easy. Children hate discipline. There is price to pay, both for the teacher and the student. It takes time, effort, concentration and determination to study the Word and to pray for understanding. Because English is not my first language, I also pray that God will help me to communicate well, so that my children, my students (in Nigeria) will be able to understand and receive the Word of God. The Word matures them spiritually. It creates faith and hope in them. This is God’s amazing work. God has given me children and a public platform to declare His Word. I have a responsibility to God. He will judge my work and my motives with His fire. I care about the spiritual progress of (my) God’s children. They must become men and women of God. They must believe in the supernatural God who saved and called their parents to ministry. They must intimately know the Person of God the Holy Spirit. They must believe in miracles the way we do. They must worship God in Spirit and in truth! Finally, ‘as for me and my household, we shall serve the Lord’!