Beloved: Grace and Peace
Elkmont Baptist Church
Dearest and Beloved
Grace to you, and peace, from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Many of us have entered or are entering the season of life when our children have children, when we become grandparents. Is the role of the grandparents to spoil their grandchildren? What saith the Scriptures?
my hope, O Lord GOD:
The writer of Psalm 71 has trusted the LORD from his youth.
"O God, thou hast taught me from my youth: and hitherto have I declared thy wondrous works. Now also when I am old and grayheaded, O God, forsake me not; until I have showed thy strength unto
thy power to every one
(Psalm 71:17-18). God has taught the writer from his youth, and he has spoken of all God's wondrous works. Now he is old and gray-headed, and he asks God to sustain him until he has shown the strength of God to the current generation (his children) and the power of God to all that come after (grandchildren and great-grandchildren . . .). Pretty good request. How does Romans 1:16 describe the gospel of the Christ? It is the power of God unto salvation unto everyone that believeth!
Psalm 78:4-6 speaks of the testimonies and the commandments of God:
from their children, showing to the generation to come the
praises of the LORD, and his strength, and his wonderful works that he hath done. For he established a testimony in Jacob, and appointed a law in Israel, which he commanded our fathers, that they should make them
"We will not hide
known to their children:
That the generation to come might know
should arise and declare
to their children."
Psalm 102:18 in speaking of what God has done and will do in Israel, says, "This shall be written for the
generation to come:
and the people which shall be created shall
praise the LORD." The generation to come is our children, our grandchildren, and those to come. The people which shall be created are those who will be added to the tribe called "Christians." May they be our children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren?
Grandparents, our task is not to spoil our grandchildren. Is is to tell them, to show them, and to write to them how great our God is.
Grace to you.
my trust from my youth" (Psalm 71:5).
Do you see a pattern?