“There is a generation that curseth their father, and doth not bless their mother.”
Four times in Proverbs 30, you will see the phrase, “There is a generation…” This phrase is not a commendation of a generation to come, but it is an indictment of a generation. One thing you will notice about this generation is that it is a second or third generation. In other words, this generation that God is condemning is a generation that was trained right, had most everything given to them, but instead of taking what they had and moving forward, they were complacent with their apathy and tried to destroy the past generations. Let me explain these generations to you.
The first generation mentioned is a generation that is critical of their upbringing. The verse above talks about cursing their “father, and doth not bless their mother.” It is a sad day when second-generation believers are critical of how their parents reared them and protected them from sin. This generation thinks their parents were too hard on them. This generation thinks their parents robbed them from enjoying life because they were SO involved in the ministry. To pacify their desire for worldliness, this generation criticizes how strict their parents were to them.
The second generation mentioned is a generation that tries to correct the past. Verse 12 says, “There is a generation that are pure in their own eyes, and yet is not washed from their filthiness.” This generation is so lazy that they would rather condemn the previous generation’s works instead of learning from them. This generation thinks the past generation of church builders and leaders were too harsh on sin and compromise, and they want to blame them for “running people off” instead of blaming the rebel’s heart for leaving the right ways of living. The problem with being critical of the past is that it is a backward mindset instead of a faith-forward focus, which always leads to compromise.
The third generation mentioned thinks they are better than everyone else. Verse 13 says, “There is a generation, O how lofty are their eyes! and their eyelids are lifted up.” This second-generation thinks they are so much better than others, and the reason they think this is because they have not fought any battles. Until you fight the battles that the past generation fought, you would be wise to be quiet and continue doing what the past generation taught you to do. It is easy to think you are better than the past generation when you have no battle scars from the battles that you have fought. You will realize the value of the past generations’ principles when you are fighting the same battles that they fought.
The fourth generation mentioned would rather destroy than to restore. Verse 14 says, “There is a generation, whose teeth are as swords, and their jaw teeth as knives, to devour the poor from off the earth, and the needy from among men.” Because this generation is so self-absorbed, they don’t see the need for restoring people because they think that nobody is as good as them.
My friend, you will notice that all of these problems go back to this second generation not being right with their parents. You will find when you get right with your parents that you won’t have problems with how the past generations trained you. Instead of trying to correct and critique the past generation, get right with your parents, and you will find the value of their lessons, especially when battles come.