But the steadfast love of the LORD is from everlasting to everlasting on those who fear him, and his righteousness to children’s children, to those who keep his covenant and remember to do his commandments. Psalm 103:17-18
God keeps covenant. Period. Plain and simple.
What is a covenant you might ask? The simple answer from the Catechism: it is an agreement between two or more people.
I’ve been in Arizona for work but stayed a few extra days to visit my mother and father. I came to see that the covenant promises of God have been very true for me and more importantly I play a role in fulfilling those for the future.
These are generational promises or a multi-generational vision for the family as Voddie Baucham has written in his book What He Must Be.
Where am I going with this?
I’m a Christian. My Mother and Father are Christians. My Grandmother was a Christian and my great Grandfather was, guess what? Yes, he was a Christian.
Well, of course, anyone can “claim” to be a Christian. I meet them all the time when engaging in evangelism, but what makes me believe this? A life well lived, through a life that emulates Christian living. It’s not a perfect gauge of a truly regenerate person, but it sure does give us good indications.
While looking through his closet my Dad came across an old Bible from his Grandfather. It was loaded with notes and studies of the Scriptures that made me think, Wow…
My Dad said to me, “yeah, Grandpa studied the bible all the time. He was always reading it.” As I spent time gazing upon words that were written in the 1940s and earlier, I stood in awe of the God that keeps covenant.
but showing steadfast love to thousands of those who love me and keep my commandments.
The role I play now is to teach this to my children, that they will teach to their children because they are not born Christians, nor are those born into Christian families always Christians. It requires repentance and faith to come to Christ. It requires the new birth, but if I may say, the odds are better. Better simply because if your children hear the gospel in the home, or have the Bible read and see a Christian life, without hypocrisy, lived out, then it has an impact.
Today is a new day. It’s a day to either continue or to start a multi-generational vision. God is faithful. Pray for His grace and mercy, and plead for the souls of your children.