Summary: Every generation must learn to know God for themselves. It is the knowledge of God and how he operates in the lives of believers and on the universal sphere of life that helps us to appreciate all that he does for us. Knowing God gives the world sanity
“And all that generation also were gathered to their fathers. And there arose another generation after them who did not know the Lord or the work that he had done for Israel.” Judges 2:10
Is it possible to live with someone everyday and not know them?
Is it possible to live in a family and the family members not know each other?
Each day we interact with people at work, school or in the general community, but we don’t really know them! Of course we know their names. We may know a tidbit or two about their background. We may even know a few facts about their hobbies and the names of a few of their family members, but does that mean we know them?
There are many homes today in which family members do not know each other.
Often children know more about their parents than their parents know about them. There are many children today who are growing up in families without really knowing their parents.
They live in the same house but it may as well be a separate world because they close themselves in their rooms and shut out the rest of the family with the glare of the television set or the muffle sounds of a set of stereo headphones. It’s a rapidly growing phenomenon of the modern evolving family where each member becomes accustomed to living with "strangers in the house." There are some parents who do not know their children.
There are some children who do not know their parents. There are some husbands who do not know their wives.
And there are some shacking partners who do not know each other at all. If that’s possible, then it is also possible for a generation of believers not to really know "God." It’s possible for us to be in his presence daily and not know the history of his dealings with us or to know what makes him happy or angry, or to know the value of his promises to us. It’s possible to come to church every Sunday and call yourself a church member and not really "know" God.
Every generation must learn to know God for themselves. It is the knowledge of God and how he operates in the lives of believers and on the universal sphere of life that helps us to appreciate all that he does for us. Knowing God gives the world sanity and a sense of purpose. Not knowing God is frustrating, troubling and destructive.
As believers we strive to know God for ourselves. Beyond that, we strive to make sure that each generation that follows us knows God as well, because without him we can do nothing. Without him we’d surely fail. Without him our lives would be drifting, like a ship without a sail.
Today, tell someone the way you feel about God so that can know him too.
Joshua had led Israel through the conquest of Canaan, and now they possessed the land. While Joshua’s generation lived, the memory of God’s mighty works in their midst remained, and God was worshipped. Joshua’s generation could be called the “greatest generation” of their time. Theirs was the generation who, by God’s grace, had defeated the Amalekites, had crossed the Jordan River on dry ground, had seen the walls of Jericho come falling down, and for whom even the sun itself had stood still. How sad that when Joshua’s generation died off, so did the memory of the God who had given them so many victories. This generation to whom God had been so faithful spawned a generation that was completely faithless to Him.