1 Chronicles 4:38-39
“These mentioned by their names were princes in their families: and the house of their fathers increased greatly. And they went to the entrance of Gedor, even unto the east side of the valley, to seek pasture for their flocks.”
What I love about the generation in the verses above is that they didn’t ride on the victories and stories of the previous generations, but they chose to create their own victories so that they could tell their own stories. In the verses above, you find three generations mentioned. You have the generation of the princes, the generation of the fathers, and the generation where it says, “And they went…”
This third generation mentioned wanted to win their own battles. This third generation mentioned didn’t let the increase of their fathers to destroy the desire for God to do something through their own lives. This third generation mentioned didn’t let time keep them from having their own victories. In verse 41, it says that this third generation mentioned lived in Hezekiah’s day. In other words, though there were many generations between them and the generation that conquered the Promised Land, they chose to have their own victories to tell the next generation. There are several lessons this third generation can teach you so that you can have your own victories.
First, don’t ride on the successes of the previous generation. Certainly, there is nothing wrong with telling the stories you saw from the victories of the previous generation, but at some point you must stop letting their victories be the only thing you talk about to the next generation. Riding on the victories from the past always produces a faithless life.
Second, get a desire for God to do something through your life. My friend, God is not done showing His power. God has the ability to show His power to this generation as He did to the past generation if this generation will attempt faith works. There is nothing wrong with having a desire for God to do something great through your life. It is the desire for God to do something great through your life that helps you not to be contented with only telling stories of the past generation.
Third, you will never have your own victories until you act upon your desire to see God work. Instead of sitting in the comfort of what the previous generation has done for you, step out by faith and attempt something great for God so that He can give you victories in your own life. Certainly, sitting in the victories of the past generation may be comfortable, but it will not give you satisfaction with your life when you become old. You will create an empty life if all you do is ride on the successes of the previous generation. Get your own victories, and you can fill your life with the joy that God worked through you.
Fourth, don’t let battles stop you from acquiring your faith vision. This third generation found what they wanted, but they had to fight to get what they found. You may have found the desire for God to do something great through you, but you will never get it as long as you sit and talk about it; you must get up and fight your own battles to see this desire come to fruition.
Let me ask you, have you become satisfied in the victories of the previous generation? Let me challenge you not to be satisfied with telling their stories. God is capable of doing great things through if you will attempt great things for God by faith.