Psalm 102:18, NIV
“Let this be written for a future generation, that a people not yet created may praise the Lord”
For some time now I have been gathering information about my family history and recording some of the things that God has done in my life. I have an object in mind that was inspired by today’s Scripture. For children, grand-children and the generations beyond will never have the opportunity to hear of all the things that God has done and all the lessons I have learned in my walk with Him unless I write them down.
True, it’s possible that they may not want to know, but I know how interested I am in the pilgrimage through life of my ancestors and if, one day, some of my descendants do start asking questions, I wouldn’t want them to miss out on the opportunity of being blessed by reading of what God did in the lives of previous generations. Our experiences may even be the very means through which our descendants are drawn to wanting a personal faith in Jesus for themselves.
Remembering what God has done in the past is a theme which goes throughout Scripture. Both Moses and Joshua spent time reminding God’s people about what He had done for them. These stories inspired, encouraged and challenged them to continue walking in the ways of God. And how I would love my own descendants to learn about the ways of God from my own experience of Him. I believe it’s important to keep a record of the things God does.
So, when you experience the hand of God upon your life may I encourage you to do what our Scripture says – write it down for a future generation. I have been very blessed to have records of things that happened in my own Dad’s life. I have been amazed and thrilled by some of the stories – they have been a huge source of encouragement – especially when going through tough times. If he hadn’t written things down, I would have missed out on a huge amount of blessing. And when we remember the way God led us earlier in life, these very lessons can be instrumental in giving us the courage to press on to run the race that God has set before each one of us.
Prayer: Thank you Lord for all the times You have blessed my life. Help me to remember these important lessons and write them down so that future generations will be able to read of what You have done in my life. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.