“I am the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob’? He is not God of the dead, but of the living.” Matthew 22:32
“’DAD, how does it feel having the best SON in the world?’ I don’t know, ask your GRANDFATHER….!” -Unknown
Have you ever wondered when you read the bible, especially in the Old Testament, why they always referenced God as, “God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob?” If we still used this standard of reference, you would have to say, “God of (Grandfather’s name), (Father’s name), and (Son’s name).” I believe there are at least 2 reasons for the format of this reference.
Reason #1: HE IS THE GOD OF ALL GENERATIONS
God is the God of His people. Where we are segmented into that people group depends on the season of life we are in at that particular time, but as a whole, he is GOD of His people. If we are believers, then we are all children of GOD, as sons and daughters. Matthew 22:32, ends with, “…He is not God of the dead, but of the living.” God always leaves room somewhere for someone to be worshipping Him. Saying the process is not broken; naturally speaking, we could say that SONS turn into FATHERS, and FATHERS turn into GRANDFATHERS. If disciplined and taught correctly, if GRANDFATHERS died off, then FATHERS and SONS keep worshipping God, who are still living. There is always an overlap of wisdom being shared from generation to generation, because between each segment; grandfather, father, or son, there is wisdom, understanding, and knowledge being taught.
“By wisdom a house is built, and through understanding it is established; through knowledge its rooms are filled with rare and beautiful treasures.” – Proverbs 24:3-4
Reason #2: THE GIFT OF BLESSING
We have lost the art of the gift of blessing. To bless someone actually means “to speak well of.” You can find many biblical examples of families blessing the next generation by words of affirmations or by placing their hands on children. Either way, it was the duty of one generation to pass the baton to the next generation. God the Father showed us the best example of blessing His Son, when he said, “You are My beloved Son, in You I am well-pleased.” (Mark 1:11).
“Many children, even grown adults, long for but rarely if ever hear statements of love and approval from their parents. By simply saying, “You are my son (daughter) and I dearly love you; I am so pleased with you and hope and pray God’s very best for your life,” you can change their lives forever. You can build the ideal setting for future wings to take flight.” – The Love Dare for Parents, Day 33: Love Blesses
God is a God of family. His heart’s desire is to be front and center at each segment of life being Sonship, Fatherhood, or Grandfatherhood. This gives us a unique opportunity to give the love we received. In my opinion, the best compliment that a parent can receive is when they see their child hear the voice of the Holy Spirit for themselves and they act and are obedient to that voice. The best gift you can give your children is the gift of the gospel.
Write out a special blessing for each of your children, incorporating what you see in them and what you encourage them to pursue as God guides and provides. Read it or speak it aloud to them as a family. Pray over them that God would bring His perfect plans to pass in their lives.
Blog written by: Shawn McClain