February 24

Psalm 22:27-31

“Posterity will serve him; future generations will be told about the Lord, and proclaim his deliverance to a people yet unborn, saying that he has done it.” vss. 30-31

Sometimes when we see the mess that the world is in and the increasing number of people who have abandoned traditional religious forms, it’s easy to begin to think that believers are like the dinosaurs and about to go extinct. Indeed science has brought new knowledge and things once attributed to God are now said to be “natural” occurrences. And so we wonder–will our progeny take time for worship? Will church buildings ultimately be repurposed? The psalmist would be shocked at such a notion–he firmly believed that future generations would be people of faith. Of course he was right! It’s now over 2500 years since he wrote these words and belief has spread all over the globe. But are things different now? Have humans finally come of age and been liberated from their need to imagine an all-powerful deity? Some would say yes–and celebrate the growing influence of secularism. But others say no–while some may indeed give up on organized religions, most humans know that there is a power beyond themselves. Our images and ideas of God may be changing, but basic faith convictions are alive and well. And those precepts will be passed on! Most of us want our offspring to know that God is more than we can know and understand, and that God is real! And that good news will never be lost!

Thought for the Day: Why do I care about my grandchildren’s faith?

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