In Just One Generation

Something strange has been happening to me. I’ve been praying like never before in my life for a great revival in the US among young people. Are you doing the same thing? Mostly, I pray about deception, fear, and anything that blinds their eyes to who Jesus really is. It’s an odd feeling to want to prayer so fervently. It makes me think we’re all due for another Great Awakening.

But this morning, I discovered a sobering verse that fueled my prayers more than ever. In Judges 2:10-11, we read this: “When all that generation had been gathered to their fathers, another generation arose after them who did not know the Lord nor the work which He had done for Israel. Then the children of Israel did evil in the sight of the Lord, and served the Baals.”

Can you believe it? In just one generation? The new generation described here “did not know the Lord” nor anything about His work or great miracles. How could that be? How in the world would an entire generation forget about the parting of the Red Sea, the manna, the quail, the commandments? How could they not even know the stories?

It reminds me of the day I played some of my favorite songs for my students. So many of them had never heard the music–whether Dave Matthews or Phil Collins or anything I might play from the early 90’s. It’s like their parents never introduced them to it, so it became lost. They didn’t know the words or the melodies. I feel that’s true for so many children and teens in our communities. They don’t know the music of the gospel. They don’t know the words.

I felt a fresh zeal to keep speaking about the things of the Lord, to teach His word wherever I go, and to think of new ways to impart truth to the next generation. Join me!

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