Generation to Generation

Then we your people, the sheep of your pasture, will praise your forever from generation to generation we will recount your praise. 79:13

The church I have attended for the past 30 years, Hodgenville United Methodist Church, celebrated its 175th Anniversary a few years ago. I found it quite amazing that over 175 years ago, God’s people decided to form a little Methodist Church in the community where Abraham Lincoln was born. Over multiple generations, a small segment of the sheep of God’s pasture praised and worshipped His Holy Name in our little church. Were there good times? Absolutely! Were there difficult times? Absolutely! Were there times of harmony? Absolutely! Were there times of discord? Absolutely! However, the church remained united under the voice of its sweet shepherd, Jesus Christ.

Today’s passage reminds us that as sheep of God’s pasture, we are to forever praise Him from generation to generation. Whether we are living in plenty or in want, whether well fed or hungry, we are to praise our Savior who generously gives us strength to do everything through Him. We do this because we love Him and so future generations will look back at our lives as a living testament of God’s grace.

So how does living with Early-onset Alzheimer’s disease or any form of dementia fit into this scenario? It simply means that in spite of your disease, you must continue to praise God. Why? Because God is still God and He is more than worthy of all your praise no matter what your circumstance.

I continue to praise and worship the Living Lord because my disease is but a temporary state in the full spectrum of God’s timeline. If I cannot praise God because of my current circumstance, what does that say about my faith? What will future generations think about my faith if I let this disease destroy my relationship with my Savior?

If you are struggling today because of some form of dementia, don’t let it impact your faith and trust in the Living Lord. Lean on Him for strength and remain faithful in all things for He will never forsake you. Stand firm, stay faithful, and steadfastly praise Him. If you can do this, then future generations will look back and know you were a strong sheep of His pasture!

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2 Responses to Generation to Generation

  1. Art says:

    I almost posted a comment last Friday when you wrote that God blesses those who obey Him and shows His anger at those who don’t. Today you follow that up writing that, whatever our suffering, we must remain faithful to Him.

    Job’s story came to mind Friday and again today. As God said to Satan, “Have you considered my servant Job? There is no one on earth like him; he is blameless and upright, a man who fears God and shuns evil.” Job 1:8. And then God settled back and watched as Satan stripped Job of his great wealth, killed his 10 children, and inflicted him with – a terrible disease.

    How did Job respond? Like any of us would – he lamented the loss of his wealth, mourned the loss of his children, and wished that he’d never been born. He complained. He struggled to understand why his life had taken such an ugly turn and argued with his friends who said God must be punishing Job for some unclaimed sins. But following your counsel many millennia before you gave it, Paul, Job never lost his faith. Despite everything, Job continued to trust God and accepted His wisdom, even though Job didn’t have a clue why God let Job suffer so. God rewarded Job with twice as much as Job had before. Job 42:10.

    If we face challenges, we can struggle and do our best to overcome them. We don’t have to accept them. But as you say, we must praise God because God is God. We must obey Him. We must place our faith in Him. Whether in this life or the one to come, He will bless us.

    • paul says:

      Art, Job is one of those books of the Bible that I love to read. It always brings me a blessing because, like you said, Job never lost his faith. If He could do that given all that happened to him, then why I can’t I remain faithful in spite of this little trial of EOAD. I know that everyone may not see things like I do but God is God and I am just a man so I’ll do everything in my power to remain faithful and trust that He will take care of the rest. As always, thanks for your wonderful comments and I do believe you should seriously think about writing devotions. You have a wonderful mind and great biblical insight. Perhaps God may be moving you in that direction???? God bless, Paul

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