Life’s Unfair Situation

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Ecclesiastes 2:18-19 “Yea, I hated all my labour which I had taken under the sun: because I should leave it unto the man that shall be after me. And who knoweth whether he shall be a wise man or a fool?…”

Anyone can understand the thoughts of the preacher in the verses above. The preacher said that he hated his labor because he knew that somebody would take over his work, and he didn't know whether that person who took over it would be wise enough to continue building on it or foolish in trying to tear it down. The mistake of the preacher was to hate his labor instead of continuing it so that he could be an example to the next generation.

At the age that I write this devotional, I have seen many great men step on Heaven’s shores only to watch those who took their place to destroy their works. I was talking to a great pastor not long ago; he told me that if he dies, he's afraid those after him would completely forget him and destroy his church. To be honest with you, I don't understand why anyone would want to destroy the great works of the previous generation. To this pastor’s concern, he has watched what I have seen, that many have tried to destroy or have destroyed what the previous generation built. The verses above teach three lessons for every generation to follow.

First, don’t let your inability to control the next generation stop you from being the example you need to be for them. The fact that you cannot control what the next generation will do with your works should not stop you from trying to do something great for God. Certainly, we want the next generation to continue building on the work that we have built; however, the fact that so many souls are at stake should compel you to continue building despite your inability to control what the next generation will do with your works. You must continue to build a great work for God so that you can leave an example for the next generation to follow.

Second, do what you can to invest and train in the next generation. You may not be able to control what the next generation does with your works, but you can do everything in your power to train and invest in them what the previous generation has given to you. What you will find is that the more that you invest in the next generation, the better chance you have of finding at least one person in the next generation who will continue to build upon the works that you continued from the previous generation. Let your fear of what the next generation would do with your works motivate you to invest all that you can and train them the best way that you know how to continue doing what you followed from the previous generation.

Third, the next generation needs not to be intimidated by taking over the previous generation's work. Everybody at one point was the next generation. To whoever the next generation is reading this devotional, don’t be intimidated by taking over a great work from someone before you. If you build on what they built, you will become great in your own right. The fact that you continue building on what they gave instead of destroying it shows your wisdom and greatness in itself. The next generation needs to continue building on what the previous generation gave them. In doing so, the next generation sets their own mark of greatness by not destroying the previous generation. Stop trying to make your own mark and continue building on the old paths given to you, and by doing so, you will make your own mark.

Dr. Allen Domelle


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