Engraved by Grace
Engraved by Grace
Legacies of Faith
A s I was driving our grandtwins to my home from playschool one day, our grandson, Walker, who was age four at that time, said, "God's bigger than anything, isn't He, Nana?" Before I could answer, he continued. "He's all over the place. Right, Nana?" "That's right, Walker!" I responded. Walker pursued the subject. "Even all the time, even when you can't see Him, He is still bigger than anything. Right, Nana? Yup, He's bigger than anything in the whole world," he concluded.
Oh, for the faith of a child! I call these moments "God Stops." God Stops are moments when God's love bursts through in a family, and they are bound closer to God and to each other. God is the one who creates these moments, but we can prepare the way for the Lord by the way we live in front of our children, by the way we order our families' lives around the teachings of Jesus, and by the daily reminders of God's truth that we place in our children's paths.
I believe you and I should be living in such bold faith that our children literally beg us to teach them how to trust in God in life's circumstances. They should be seeing us praying. They should be seeing us exercising our trust in God. They should experience our faith working and that should inspire them to want to live like that.
As I write these words, I have several family situations that make me feel as if I'm crossing the Mississippi in an inner tube, and I'm faith-ing that the God of Israel will indeed part the waters for me and my family. He is the God of miracles, and I'm really looking for one! I am His daughter, and He is looking for me to be found faithful in believing. I want my children to feel my faith as I walk in and with Christ.
Faithful-from Generation to Generation
The study of God's Word proves my grandson's theology correct. In the Old Testament, we can all see the hand of God that stretches from generation to generation, never veering from His plan of redemption and intimacy with His children. He is bigger than everything. From beginning to end...He is everything. I want to believe like a child.
When I was growing up, I was constantly reminded by my parents to turn off the lights. After all, it did cost money. I still automatically turn off the lights when I leave a room-because that message was ingrained in me by repetition. Children still learn by repetition. But never once are we scolded by God about turning off any lights. Rather, we are told repeatedly by our heavenly Father to walk in the light . The lamp of God is eternal and still dispelling the darkness today.
God is Light! In the beginning, God pronounced: " Let there be light!" (Genesis 1:3). He announces His Son's birth with the light of a star and closes His Book with the star still shining.
God spoke: Let there be light ...
...and there was.
God placed His star in the east...
...and there He is.
Jesus speaks: I am the Light ...
...and He always will be.
Jesus commands: Let your light shine ...
...but will we?
In Revelation 22:16, Jesus speaks about His light, saying, "I, Jesus, have sent My angel to testify to you these things in the churches. I am the Root and Offspring of David, the Bright and Morning Star." He then reminds us, "I am coming quickly." The lamp of God is the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. He is trusting you and me to be His light to another generation.
Joshua Carried the Light
Remember the story of Joshua leading the children of Israel into the Promised Land? It's in the Bible Book of Joshua, chapters 3 and 4. Moses had died, and Joshua had the awesome task of taking Israel into Canaan. The Lord told him to cross the Jordan River, taking the Ark of the Covenant in front. He must have been afraid, for sure, to do this