Think Of Future Nations

And the Lord said unto her, Two nations are in thy womb, and two manner of people shall be separated from thy bowels; and the one people shall be stronger than the other people; and the elder shall serve the younger. (Genesis 25:23)

God is talking to Rebekah here. The two nations he is talking about are Esau and Jacob. Let’s focus on the word “nations” in this verse. Why would God use “nations” instead of children? It is because they grew up and had large families and basically started two different “nations” as he said.

Should we think of our children or those we are discipling as future nations? Sometimes we focus on the here and now, or maybe even 10-15 years down the line, but we should think bigger. Our children will have children, and they will have children, and will create little nations within a larger nation.

The way we raise our children or teach those we are discipling could have an impact on a future nation. What you pour into someone’s life now might not be seen in your lifetime, but future “nations” will be thankful for it. Don’t get discouraged if there isn’t much progress in the here and now, think about the future.

Have you been too nearsighted lately?

When I read this I couldn’t help but think of my own children and at times I have questioned if what I am teaching them is “sticking”, if the example I am setting is “good enough” but then as I sat in church on Sunday and looked over to my left I seen my seven year old daughter reading and underlining scripture, it blessed her dad and I beyond measure and it’s in those what may seem like little moments when God shows me, yes, they do get it and in time I believe they will be part of a bigger change that will change nations for His good. I can’t allow myself to be discouraged in the here and now, I must think about the future and do my part as a parent, a leader in my home and church and trust that His word will not return void. We must set the example before our children, grandchildren, friends and family by reading our word, praying, paying our tithes, making church a priority, showing mercy and grace, these are just a few examples. Be the change you wish to see in your children and in the world.

Have a wonderful day in The Lord!

Today’s Reading is Isaiah 55:11-13