Did you let that sink in?
The Israelites also had this problem after entering the Promised Land (see the book of Judges). They had enjoyed the riches that God had given them but a new generation rose up that didn’t know God. What?? But how?
If you flip back to the Book of Deuteronomy you will see how God had specifically told the Israelites to love and obey Jehovah as the only true God (Deut. 6:1-5), and how to teach their children all of God’s laws (Deut. 6:6-9), to be thankful for all of His blessings (Deut. 6:10-15) and it basically says don’t even think about worshiping their idols (Deut. 6:16-25). Sarcasm thrown in at no extra charge.
So … how did this happen?
Well, if you look at the Book of Judges and you’ll see that after the death of Joshua, another generation grew up who did not acknowledge the Lord or remember the mighty things he had done for Israel.” (Jud. 2:10)
Yikes. Maybe it was just easier to follow along with the crowd. Maybe it was easier for mom and dad to not have to explain the laws. Or perhaps this generation just wanted to fit in with the cool crowd of idol worshippers.
Judges 21:25, “In those days there was no king in Israel; everyone did whatever seemed right to him.”
Hmm…are we talking about a thousand years ago or we talking about today? We are living in a world where we have given over to the song, “Anything Goes”, however, nothing satisfies.
So here is a new generation of Israelites, with no regard for their Creator and they have become so accustomed to the sinful ways of their pagan neighbors that suddenly those ways didn’t seem sinful anymore.
Everybody’s doing it! Tolerance! Just be kind!
Our children are being slammed by seductive and attractive voices coming from social media. They will read/hear it again and again and even be provoked by those who don’t believe in God. So do they look at situations or their peers through the lens of The Holy One? Do they ever, ever hear you talk about Him?
Paul Tripp says, “Your God-given task is not just to raise children who know what God says is right and what He says is wrong, but who are also prepared to think and live biblically.”
Parents, talk to your children about the One True God. Don’t get caught up in an ‘anything goes’ attitude. Read the Word. Know what the Bible says about today’s challenges. Just being good … isn’t good enough.
It’s a new year and a great time to start a bible study with your kids. Learn together what is really important in the eyes of the Lord.