Only be careful, and watch yourselves closely so that you do not forget the things your eyes have seen or let them fade from your heart as long as you live. Teach them to your children and to their children after them.
Deuteronomy 4:9 (NIV)
Read: Deuteronomy 4:1-14
Consider: In Deuteronomy 4 Moses told the people of Israel that they should not be forgetful. This wasn’t absentmindedness, but deliberately forgetting what had happened to them. We know from other books in the Old Testament that the Israelites were quick to forget what God had done for them. This is surprising as we know that God dealt with them in extraordinary ways; signs and wonders in Egypt, the parting of the Red Sea, food and water miraculously provided in the desert and battles won. Despite all these incredible things happening to them, the Israelites showed by their actions that they had short memories.
Moses told the Israelites ‘.. do not forget the things your eyes have seen or let them fade from your heart as long as you live’. We can understand how the memory of God’s dealings with his people would fade with subsequent generations. To prevent this happening Moses told them to share these things with their children and grandchildren. By doing so they could ensure continuity of memory. However, there is a problem with this. Future generations couldn’t rely only on what they were told about God’s dealings with the Israelites, they needed to experience it for themselves.
As Christians we also have a responsibility to share with our children and grandchildren the good news about Christ and God’s dealings with us. Although this is no guarantee that they will accept Christ for themselves, it is in fact sowing seed for the future. We need to pray faithfully for their salvation, so that they might come to a personal knowledge of Christ.
Pray: Father, help us to share the good news of Christ with our children and grandchildren. We ask that the seed that is sown in their lives may produce fruit in the future and they may come to accept Christ for themselves. Amen