1 When Israel came out of Egypt, the house of Jacob from a people of foreign tongue,
2 Judah became God’s sanctuary, Israel his dominion.
3 The sea looked and fled, the Jordan turned back;
4 the mountains skipped like rams, the hills like lambs.
5 Why was it, O sea, that you fled, O Jordan, that you turned back,
6 you mountains, that you skipped like rams, you hills, like lambs?
7 Tremble, O earth, at the presence of the Lord, at the presence of the God of Jacob,
8 who turned the rock into a pool, the hard rock into springs of water.
Image you are fifty-eight years old. You are one of the oldest survivors among a nation that has spent the last forty years in the wilderness, but now are ready for the promises of God made to this generation. You are one of the few that can recall the riches of Egypt that this nation left to travel to the new land that God had promise to Abraham almost five hundred years earlier. How do you relate this story to your children and grandchildren?
One of the greatest advantages of being saved and knowing Christ at an early age is seeing his hand in steering your life along. Even when we make life changing mistakes in our life he does not leave us; but instead leads us on to serve him in ways that we never dreamed. The dreams of the older generation of Israel were lost with their rebellion against God in the wilderness. However, they were still able to pass this dream to the children and grandchildren. Even after their rebellion Israel still saw the hand of God providing their daily bread and provisions for them during those forty years. Their clothes and sandals did not wear out and the younger generation was a witness to all of these mighty acts of God.
So as we make this wilderness journey on earth toward our future home with Christ in heaven may we give our children and grandchildren examples of the wonderful presence of the Lord in our life. For the greatest gift we can leave our child and grandchildren is knowing the love we have for our Lord and the desire for them to have his presence in their lives.