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Multi-generational Faith

This week in Hebrews, we are look at the faith of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and Joseph.

All four of these men believed in the same thing.

They all had faith in the same promise.

God promised Abraham that he would become the father of many nations through his son, Isaac.

Abraham had to believe that promise when God asked him to sacrifice Isaac.

He had faith that God was God and would keep His promises, even when it didn’t make sense.

Isaac blessed his children out of faith that God would keep the promise He made to Abraham and make his children prosper.

Jacob blessed Joseph’s children out of that promise, too. Looking back, He saw all that God had done in his life, and had faith that He would work in their lives, too.

And Joseph looked forward and trusted that God would fulfill His promise to Abraham to settle his children in the promised land, even as they made their home in Egypt. He had so much faith that he gave them instructions on what to do when that day finally came.

They believed in a multi-generational promise.

God seems to like those.

In Jeremiah 29:11, God said, “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.” (ESV).

My pastor calls that a coffee cup verse.

We put it up everywhere and love to cling to that promise.

But that was a multi-generational promise, too.

In verse 10, God said, “For thus says the Lord: When seventy years are completed for Babylon, I will visit you, and I will fulfill to you my promise and bring you back to this place.”

God would prosper them in seventy years!

Are you that patient?

I’m not.

Many of the people who were going into exile, wouldn’t live to see the return to the promised land.

Here’s a multi-generational promise that God made to us:

“Blessed is the one who reads aloud the words of this prophecy, and blessed are those who hear, and who keep what is written in it, for the time is near.”

Revelation 1:3

For the time is near.

Jesus is coming back.

He is coming to claim His people and rescue us from this life.

And He is coming soon.

That soon could be tomorrow, or it could be in another 1,000 years, but He is coming.

He promised.

And we know that God keeps His promises.

Our duty is to trust He will fulfill His promises, and pass those promises on to our children, instilling multi-generational faith.

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In the comments…

Are you patiently waiting for God to fulfil His promises, or are you impatient (like me)?

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When Tragedy Touches Our Children

“But Jesus called the children to him and said, ‘Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these.”

~ Luke 18:16

I was listening to the radio this morning after dropping my children off at school. The show hosts were talking about someone who’s have a rough go of it, and asked if we knew anyone that seemed to be getting hit with a lot. My first thought was of one of the ladies here in town (her whole family, really). Her son lost his home in a house fire two weeks ago. Her daughter has cancer and is suppose to go in for surgery this week or next. And her grandchildren (her daughters 3 kids) were in a car wreck last weekend. The funeral for their 8 year old little girl is today.

And then I thought Bethany. I use to babysit her when she was a spunky little 4 year old. She was diagnosed with brain cancer in 2012 – just a sophomore in high school. Her tumor (who she jokingly named “Phillip”) is inoperable. She’s already outlived her life expectancy, but had to stop taking the medicine that helped keep it contained. I found out on Friday that it’s spread. A lot. There’s nothing the doctors can do for her. And I remembered that Bethany has always been a miracle child. The doctors told her mom and dad that she would be born with autism. That they would be better off having an abortion. Bethany doesn’t have autism – but even if she did, she’d still be wonderful in every way. Doctor’s don’t know everything.

Then I thought of another of my friends. Her 2 year old daughter was recently diagnosed with brain cancer. Her tumor was operable. They got a lot of it, but she’s still going through chemo. Her fight isn’t over – it’s just beginning.

And then I realized, that all three of these tragedies involve children. Which brought me to Jesus’ words in Luke 18, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these” (v. 16). I don’t know that I’ll ever read that verse again without thinking of the message our pastor preached this past Sunday. He walked us through Scriptures that showed why he believed that the 8 year old little girl I mentioned in the beginning of this post is in heaven with God today. She hadn’t outright accepted Christ as her Savior. But she did come to church every Wednesday night, Bible in hand, and she asked questions. She was hungry for more of Christ, even thought she didn’t fully grasp the scope of the Gospel from what he could tell.

We all sin and fall short the glory of God, even little children. But Jesus welcomes children with open arms. They might not understand everything God has done for them yet, but they don’t reject it either. It’s hard to lose a child – or even think there is a possibility of it. Yet we can know that Jesus is waiting with open arms.

“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. 

In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”

~ John 16:33

I’d like to close this post by asking you to pray. Pray for this family that is going through so much. Pray for Bethany and this other little two year old girl that are fighting brain cancer. I don’t know God’s plans. But I know Jesus is waiting with open arms. Bethany already knows and loves Christ. The two year old girl I mentioned is part of a Christian family and their faith is what’s getting them through. Jesus is carrying them. But they all still need prayers (the girls and all three families). Prayers for strength. Prayers for healing (both physical and emotional). And prayers for the non-believers in their lives who don’t have hope through these trials. Prayers for peace.

If you’re in a spot where life seems to be throwing more at you then you can handle, here are a few books that I recommend:

Prayers for Emotional Healing by Stormie Omartian

The Goodness of God: Assurance of Purpose in the Midst of Suffering by Randy Alcorn

If God is Good: Faith in the Midst of Suffering and Evil  by Randy Alcorn

If God Is Good: Why Do We Hurt? by Randy Alcorn

Ninety Days of God’s Goodness: Daily Reflections That Shine Light on Personal Darkness by Randy Alcorn

Trusting God When Bad Things Happen by Shelley Hitz

Healing for the Broken Hearted by Shelley Hitz