“Thus saith the Lord, Stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls.” (Jer. 6:16)
Scripture is clear that one generation had to teach the next and in so doing remain faithful to the truth and to God’s covenant. For example, it is possible that Abraham was told, third hand, of God’s friendship with Adam in Paradise and of the fall of Adam into sin. Abraham could have heard Shem tell of his life before the flood, the flood itself, the ark and the tower of Babel. And God knew Abraham, “that he will command his children and his household after him, and they shall keep the way of the Lord, to do justice and judgment.” (Gen. 18:19a). We are constantly learning new truths about the creation around us, ourselves and our Creator.
We are commanded to learn the ways of the Lord and walk in them. It is necessary for us to know our past, the faith of our fathers, so that we are not destroyed for lack of knowledge and cut off in our generations (Hosea 3:6). If and when we become parents, we are commanded by God to teach our children. Do you ever think about that young pilgrim, or is that the farthest thing from your mind? All the truth of God’s Word that your parents try to teach you right now, that you get so weary of sometimes, you will have to teach to your children. Are you prepared for that? It might not be too many years before God blesses you with children of your own. You are going to have to answer the questions that they will be asking about God and His Word. “And it shall be when thy son asketh thee in time to come, saying, What is this?” (Ex. 13:14a). See Ex. 12:26, Deut. 6:20, Joshua 4:21 and also, there is a nice Standard Bearer article by Rev. Vos entitled Firstfruits in Volume 11, page 450.
When you date someone, do you think about how your boyfriend or girlfriend would be, not only as a husband or wife, but also as a father or mother to the children God might bless you with? No, I don’t mean that’s all you think about when you’re dating, but this must be an important consideration.
I know that parents seem to be too old-fashioned, too strict, they don’t seem to “understand”, but God in His perfect wisdom gave you the perfect parents for you.
The world is continually developing in sin. The closer we get to the end of time, the stronger in the faith God’s people will have to be. There will be famines, pestilences and persecution such as the world never experienced before. The martyrs knew what they believed and counted it all joy to be worthy to die for righteousness sake. They were certain about what they believed. The Church has had to fight for their beliefs and confessions and we must know what those beliefs and confessions are so that we too, by God’s grace, can defend them now and in the time to come.
Do you know what you believe, young pilgrim? Do we all know what we believe, children of God? Can we confess with Paul, in II Timothy 1:12b – 14, “For I know Whom I have believed, and am persuaded that He is able to keep that which I have committed unto Him against that day.
Hold fast the form of sound words, which thou hast heard of me, in faith and love which is in Christ Jesus. That good thing which was committed unto thee keep by the Holy Ghost which dwelleth in us.’’
May God give us grace to remain faithful.