“And know ye this day: for I speak not with your children which have not known, and which have not seen the chastisement of the LORD your God, his greatness, his mighty hand, and his stretched out arm,”
The verse above is a strong admonition to parents to teach the next generation the right way to live and to show them the mighty hand of God. The children in the verse above were those who lived in Joshua’s era. There was a large host of Israelites who had not seen the parting of the Red Sea. You have to remember that Israel wandered in the wilderness for forty years, and everyone who was twenty years of age and above died in the wilderness. That means that only those who were twenty years of age and below at the time of God’s judgment had seen the great miracles in Egypt and the parting of the Red Sea. There were twenty years of children who were born in the wilderness who had never seen God’s mighty hand. It was critical for the older generation who had seen God’s mighty hand to tell their children about them, but also to live their lives in such a manner that God would show His mighty works through their lives so that those who had never seen them could see it with their own eyes.
It is so easy to take for granted what the LORD has allowed us to see as young adults. I have had the privilege of growing up in an independent Baptist movement that has seen the great churches of the previous generation. My parents were members of Dr. Lee Roberson’s church when I was born. His work was a great work in his day that had several thousand attending every Sunday and saw thousands of people saved throughout the years. I also had the privilege of seeing and working for Dr. Jack Hyles, who pastored a church that averaged fifteen thousand every Sunday, and had great days of thousands being saved on one Sunday. It is so easy for me to talk about what I have seen to my daughter, but God doesn’t just want me to talk about the great works, but he also wants me to show those great works to her.
My friend, as this chapter teaches, you need to tell your children about the great works of the past. It is sad that we live in days that wants to condemn the great works of the past instead of telling our children about God’s mighty hand. If you were privileged to live in times that saw some of these great works, you should be telling your children all about them. It is a shame that most of the young generation doesn’t know about the great men whom God used in the past to allow us to see His mighty works. Part of your responsibility is to teach the generation who has never seen the great works about God’s mighty hand in your days.
Moreover, it is not good enough to just tell the younger generation about the great works of the past, but God also wants you to do what it takes for Him to do the same works in your life today. Let me remind you that God is still able to do great works in our day. Isaiah 59:1 reminds us, “Behold, the LORD’S hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; neither his ear heavy, that it cannot hear:” God is just as capable of saving thousands of souls and building great churches today as He did through the lives of these great men of the past. If you want your children and grandchildren to continue living right and enjoying the blessings of God, you had better step out by faith and do what you can to see God show His mighty hand in your life. Don’t let the great works of God become mere stories to your children, but attempt and do great works of faith so that those stories become reality to this generation.