Focus: 78:7, “Then they will place their confidence in God. They will not forget the works of God, and they will obey his commands.”
I have not thought about it before, but stories are one of the most powerful ways to influence the lives of others. Throughout my life some of the most significant changes have happened because of the stories shared with me. My campus pastor told me that the only thing that will determine who I am in five years from now are the books I read and the people I meet.
In this Psalm, the Psalmist writes in verses 3-4, “What we have heard and learned 5 –that which our ancestors 6 have told us – we will not hide from their 7 descendants. We will tell the next generation about the Lord’s praiseworthy acts, 8about his strength and the amazing things he has done.
Sharing the stories of God’s works were the keys to preserving faith. I cannot count the number of people who have deserted their faith because they have forgotten the Lord’s work in their life. Students who enter college drop like flies when their faith is challenged. They forget the heritage that was given to them. They forget the stories in their own life where God has done amazing things.
Not only that, but parents will shape a child’s life forever by how they tell stories and how often they tell stories to their children. In the Christian community, stories are the bricks that build the pathway of faith. A parent’s failure to share about the goodness of God will have devastating effects on their children.
Another interesting thought is that parents are always telling stories through their life. What I mean by this is that parents are always telling stories to their kids through verbal or non-verbal communication. The stories parents tell will make or break the child’s faith. Parents are the literature children read having the single greatest impact on their direction in life. (We can expand this idea further and see that the reality is that we are all books being read by others. Our life speaks volumes to those we interact with.)
We can all look back at our childhood and remember the stories that were read to us. We can also remember the stories we read. They had an intricate way of shaping our personality. Because of this amazing truth, we can see all the more why it is important for Christians to know of God’s goodness, experience His goodness, and to share it with others!
Throughout the stories of Scripture we can see that God has a desire to bless His people. He has a patient love for His people. He is continually working in their lives. Yet, we will forget all this if we are not reminded. If we have children, or if there is a person that we wish to spiritually impact then we ought to share our story of God’s grace though both the media of our lifestyle and our life story. This is how our faith is passed on from one generation to the next.