Joshua 4:6-7 ESV
That this may be a sign among you. When your children ask in time to come, 'What do those stones mean to you?' then you shall tell them that the waters of the Jordan were cut off before the ark of the LORD. When it passed over the Jordan, the waters of the Jordan were cut off. So these stones shall be to the people of Israel a memorial forever."
So often our children and this current generation gets a bad rap from us and the world. We look at our children and wonder why they may seem to not care about serving GOD or walking the path HE has laid out for them. Truth is we didn't tell them enough about GOD. Yes, I know you took them to church, but you hide life from them.
When we fail to tell our children about hard times and allow them to walk with us through the trials and storms of life that GOD takes us through, they have no reference point of HIS goodness and when life gets tough for them, they walk away because they've been convinced by the enemy that GOD is not for them or answering their prayers. We cannot take credit or give credit to our money or education, etc., when we know that without GOD we would have been overtaken by certain situations in our lives. We need to testify of GOD's goodness and provide a memorial for GOD so that our children know who to serve and give all credit to.
My son said today on the way to his school that we have to remember when we are going through circumstances the things that GOD has done for us. He went on to say, "You know the devil will always tell you the opposite of what GOD is actually doing for you? he (the enemy) thinks he can get you to believe him, but he is a liar and every word he has and will ever speak is a lie." He went on to reference a time in his childhood that I told him about GOD, how we must pray to him and talk to him. He said, "GOD told me as a child he would do this particular thing for me and I believed HIM then and I believe HIM now, so any thought that comes to mind telling me the opposite, I cast it down!"
By no means am I telling you that I should get the mother of the year award. It is only because of JESUS that my children are sane. But what I will tell you is that both of my children have a faith so great that it encourages me and causes me to stay focused and keep on believing GOD for EVERYTHING that HE has promised to me. What I know is that when my children face hard times when they are no longer in my home that they will have a reference point to look back and say that because they serve the same GOD I serve, that they can know without a shadow of a doubt that because he brought their mom out of trials that HE will indeed do the same for them.
Tell your children, step-children, grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Tell everyone you can about JESUS and all that HE has done for you! Testify of HIM!