My Dad had a secret.
My brother and I discovered his secret.
In his room, hidden in the back corner of his nightstand drawer was a box of... Whoppers. You know, those chocolate-covered heavenly malted milk balls. Those were his favorite junk food, and he kept a secret stash in his room often. They were not very cheap, so he kept them for his own more discerning palate and gave my brother and me cheaper treats. He knew we would eat anything sweet, so there was no sense in wasting money on them for us. Not to mention, we would eat them like popcorn while he would eat a handful here and there.
Over the years, I have come to realize that many parents do this! They have a secret stash somewhere in there room. Matter of fact, it's not uncommon to find a small bag of peanut M&Ms in my husband's headboard cabinet of the bed. (M&Ms are expensive here!)
Yes, sometimes parents keep things hidden from their children, but there are some things we desperately need to share with our children.
Psalm 78:4 "We will not hide them from their children, shewing to the generation to come the praises of the LORD, and his strength, and his wonderful works that he hath done."
Worship of God
""...the praises of the LORD..."
Our children need to see a living, personal walk with the Lord. They don't need dried up religion, choking tradition, or dead habits that substitute for real worship. They need to see that we are sold out, fully committed, and in sweet communion with our Father. They need to see it, not just hear about it. They see us praising, singing, praying, thanking, and sitting at His feet daily.
The Fear of the Lord
"... and his strength..."
This next generation needs to see our respect for the Lord and for the things of God. They need to see us humbling ourselves before Him. They need to see that we reverence Him as the Creator of all things, the Holy Judge, and our Saviour. They need to see us stand firmly on righteousness and that we shun things that are against Him and His holiness. Our God is strong and powerful. Our children should not see us treating Him lightly or irreverently, nor casually standing by as others do.
"... and his wonderful works that he has done."
We need to pass on to the next generation God's Word, who He is, and what He has done. They need to see that His Word is true and we can trust it!
Why is it so important to pass these things on to our children? What is the purpose of it all? That there would be raised a Godly generation, and that they in turn could then pass it on to their children!
Psalm 78:6-8 "That the generation to come might know them, even the children which should be born; who should arise and declare them to their children: That they might set their hope in God, and not forget the works of God, but keep his commandments: And might not be as their fathers, a stubborn and rebellious generation; a generation that set not their heart aright, and whose spirit was not stedfast with God."
We desperately need a generation that:
"... set their hope in God..."
Without faith it is impossible to please Him. This next generation needs to see that God can be trusted even in the darkest hour. They need to see that they can confidently follow Him.
"... not forget the works of God..."
The next generation needs to know who God is and what He has done. Our generation has become Biblically ignorant. We know very little about our God and His Word, yet we pride ourselves in our spirituality. What contradiction! When our children come to us for counsel, we cannot handle the Bible skillfully enough to give them real help. We need to get in the Word and get before our Father. We need to know Him intimately so that we can pass these things on to the next generation.
"... but keep his commandments:"
A fully surrendered life is a treasure indeed. But our generation has become masters at sidestepping the clear commands of God. We have learned to eloquently argue the case for disobeying the Word. But we need to show this next generation what it means to submit, to surrender my will for His command. Instead we are raising a generation who knows all the excuses of why holiness is not relevant for today's generation. His command has not changed.
1 Peter 1:15 "But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation;"
Let's not hide God's Word from this next generation. Let's not hide true worship or the fear of the Lord. Instead, let's make these things our focus and passion. Pass it on to our children.