Thursday, June 15, 2017.
Author: Julius Okarike
Verse Of The Day: Now also when I am old and greyheaded, O God, forsake me not; until I have showed your strength unto this generation, and your power to every one that is to come. Psalms 71 : 18
LISTEN: There is no hope for a people or society where God is rejected (Psalms 9 : 17); a society where nothing about God is transferred to the younger generation. No society can preserve their values and beliefs when the younger generation is locked out of vital information regarding the people’s way of life. Where younger ones are not cultured and trained to sustain the people’s values and beliefs, such beliefs and values of the people will gradually go extinct. Hence, it is the responsibility of the older generation to transfer the baton of the people’s way of life to the younger generation, who should in turn sustain the process by transferring same to upcoming generation. However, what beliefs and values should be transferred to younger generation? Idol worship, corruption, human sacrifice, prostitution, ungodliness and all manners of evil practices? of course not!
David in our verse of the day speaks of his responsibility and ours by extension to teach the younger generation the ways of the living God. Because the younger generation could not see what the older generation saw, therefore to preserve the information, the younger generation must be told about it. In our verse of the day David said, ” Now also when I am old and greyheaded, O God, forsake me not; until I have showed your strength unto this generation, and your power to every one that is to come.” (Psalms 71 : 18). David was one of the servants of God who experienced both the grace of God and His strength. He saw the mighty works of God towards him and others as something that must be told to the younger generation if they must have faith in God. He was committed to speak of the Lord’s greatness both as a youth and a greyheaded old man. Sadly, successive older generations have refused to speak about God to the younger ones. As a result, the younger ones have chosen a different path for themselves resulting in moral decadence. Spirituality and sincere worship to God is fast disappearing because godly values are not transferred to the younger generation to preserve. Beloved, what is the hope of our generation and upcoming ones? But if we can rise up to our responsibilities today we will save the younger generation.
Having read today’s devotional, what is expected of you?
1. As an older person, always share your testimonies of the LORD’S doing with the younger generation.
2. As a younger person, ask questions about God’s power and mighty works on the earth.
3. Exercise yourself in godliness and grow in the knowledge of God.
4. Never choose a separate path for yourself, rather follow God’s path to life.
Daily Task: As an older person, do not neglect to tell the younger generation of the mighty works of God; or as a younger person refuse not to ask questions about the works of God on the earth.
Daily Reflection: When an older generation chooses to neglect the necessary training of the younger generation regarding their values, both the older and younger generation will suffer loss of identity.
Daily Prayer: My Father and my God, as long as I live, help me to tell others about you and to learn more about you everyday, in Jesus’ name, amen.
Daily Prophetic Declaration: You will make a difference in this generation. Therefore, I prophesy to you, may God endow you with wisdom to impact on lives and be impacted on, in Jesus’ name.
Daily Quote: When the younger generation is watched to deviate from the good paths of the older generation, the foundation of the people will gradually be eroded.
Today In History: June 15, 1877. Henry O. Flipper becomes the first African American to graduate from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.