READ : Judges 2:6-10
There arose another generation after them who did not know the Lord or the work that he had done for Israel. (v. 10)
Jesus asks an important question in Luke 18:8, “When the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on earth?” By asking the question, Jesus is implying that the transmission of faith between generations is not automatic. Another way to say this is with the adage, “God does not have grandchildren.”
I visited a congregation that was doing some strategic planning once and they identified youth ministry as their top priority. Curiously, though, they had just significantly cut their youth ministry budget. Worse yet, no one seemed to recognize the incongruity between what they said their top priority was and their actual behavior. Forward-thinking congregations make children’s and youth ministry a priority and then devote resources to it. Judges 2:10 stands as a cautionary verse for those who don’t.
Of course the greatest resource any congregation can give to children’s and youth ministry is the faithful witness of the adults in the church. More than anything else, young people need adults who take an interest in them and tell them the stories of the faith. Psalm 145:4 spells this out: “One generation shall commend your works to another, and shall declare your mighty acts.” We tell the stories of our faith over and over in worship for many reasons, not the least of which is so when the Son of Man returns he will find faith on earth.
Lord, help us pass our faith on to the next generation.