I love weddings. I’ve been to several this summer, but the one I attended this past weekend was truly stunning. Not because of an extravagant budget or Hollywood crowd, but because of the incredible beauty of the bride and the love of her groom.
As Elaine took that first dance with her husband, I sat and looked on with so much joy I thought my heart would burst. Why? Because I know what God has brought this amazing girl through.
Since I met Elaine when she was 14, I’ve had the privilege of seeing her walk through many highs and lows in her life. I’ve walked through difficult family transitions with her. I got to watch my husband baptize her at summer camp. As a mentor in her life, I’ve had in depth conversations with her about…well, pretty much everything. But the years just before meeting her groom were very dark and some of the most painful in her life.
Which is why I found myself in tears as she danced with her new husband. The beauty and love that radiated out of her was such a reminder to me of God’s amazing plan to pursue us, to redeem us, and to present us to Himself in glory, “having no spot or wrinkle or any such thing; but that (we) would be holy and blameless.” Ephesians 5:27
For those of us who have been mentors, it is such a privilege to see that next generation take on their faith in God as their own. The Psalms is filled with so many verses reminding us to be mindful of the next generation:
- The counsel of the Lord stands forever, the plans of His heart from generation to generation. 34:11
- O God, You have taught me from my youth, and I still declare Your wondrous deeds. And even when I am old and gray, O God, do not forsake me, until I declare Your strength to this generation, Your power to all who are to come. 71:17-18
Even in our upcoming week, we are reminded to carry on our spiritual legacy to the next generation:
- Let this be written for a future generation, that a people not yet created may praise the Lord. 102:18
“A people not yet created.” Stop and think about that for a second. Who are these ones yet to come? Who are the women, the men, the future generations that are yet to be born? Maybe they’re our grandchildren? Or great-great-grandchildren?
Now look back for a moment. Think about how you came to know the Lord. Maybe it wasn’t even through a family member. Who introduced you to the Lord? And who might have influenced them?
What a gift of salvation we have been given! May we be women who are intentionally cultivating a Kingdom lineage and impacting future generations for Jesus Christ.
1. A Few Themes
A Call to Praise and Worship. “O sing to the Lord a new song, for He has done wonderful things.” 98:1 O come, let us sing for joy to the Lord, let us shout joyfully to the rock of our salvation. 95:1. Over and over the Psalms implore us to praise our amazing God! This week is no different.
Righteousness Matters. Again, this recurring theme challenges us to holiness. Psalm 101 says “I will walk within my house in the integrity of my heart. I will set no worthless thing before my eyes.” True that our righteousness comes only from the Lord, however, we are to be intentional about offering ourselves as a living sacrifice and choosing obedience. (Romans 12:1-2).
2. Questions to Ponder
- How can I implement praise into my daily life?
- What do these verses show me about God’s character?
- What do I believe about God as a result of these chapters?
There are so many different themes and verses that we can ponder on, but here’s one that jumped out at me. It’s a verse I’ve heard since I was little: “For He will give His angels charge concerning you, to guard you in all your ways. They will bear you up in their hands, that you do not strike your foot against a stone.” Psalm 91:11 Here’s my question – what goes on in the unseen spiritual world? What would we see if could actually witness this? Although our human eyes cannot see what happens, it’s incredible to think about.
Invest in that future generation yet to be born. Not sure how? Here’s some ways:
- Show your children the love of Jesus, in both words and actions
- Mentor a woman who is younger than you
- Share your faith with someone who doesn’t know Jesus
- Volunteer in the children’s or student department at your church
- Ask the wives of your children’s and student pastors how you can pray for them and their families.
- Pray for that future generation, yet to be born
As we wind down July, let’s continue to dig into His Word. I’m so thankful to be on this summer journey with all of you. Have a great week!