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IBC Women’s Ministry Blog – October 22, 2020

IBC Women’s Ministry Blog – October 22, 2020

Happy Birthday Grandson!

By Jodie Montgomery

 

Already a year has flown by since the birth of our first grandchild. I do not remember pre-grandchild days. He has changed so much.

 

As I think about what I and other family members will pass on to this child, I am reminded that when I search for the word “grandchildren” in Scripture, there are few references. And of these references, the joy of grandparenting is not the theme. The theme is how our iniquity impacts the generations after us. This is sobering.

 

Then the Lord passed by in front of him and proclaimed, “The Lord, the Lord God, compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in lovingkindness and truth; who  keeps lovingkindness for thousands, who forgives iniquity, transgression and sin; yet He will by no means leave the guilty unpunished, visiting the iniquity of fathers on the children and on the grandchildren to the third and fourth generations.”  Moses made haste to bow low toward the earth and worship. Exodus 34:6-8

 

Leaving a godly inheritance for the generations is of great importance to the Lord. He reveals Himself, His character as one who is keenly aware of and present with all generations. You may read God’s revelation of His nature as punishing or as forgiving based on this Exodus text. I appreciate how the description gives clear teaching on Who God is and then an illustration of how His character delivers generation after generation from judgment. Thankfully, our God is compassionate. Thankfully, our God is gracious. Thankfully, our God is slow to anger. Thankfully, our God is abounding in lovingkindness. Thankfully, our God is abounding in truth. Thankfully, our God keeps His lovingkindness for thousands, as He forgives iniquity, transgression and sin. Thankfully, our God is just, punishing the guilty and limiting iniquity in contrast to thousands instead to third and fourth generations. Though humankind sins, God intervenes.

 

I want to give my grandson a heritage of walking with God, trusting in His perfection. I want to give my grandson a legacy of grace. I imagine this is the desire of most grandparents. With that in mind, I want to be a mature believer for my grandchild, representing the loving Father Who leads us to Him by His kindness, tolerance and patience. Sometimes we need to grow up to grandparent.