The following is an excerpt from “Do Not Grow Weary in Prayer and Fasting,” written faithfully each week for nearly 10 years by Jerry Hale, Spiritual Emphasis Committee Chair for the Growing and Building Campaign.
“Declaring His power to the next generation…”(Psalm 71:18) has been the theme verse for the OCF Growing and Building Campaign this past decade! Joshua issued a similar challenge to the people of Israel toward the end of his life:
“Now fear the LORD and serve him with all faithfulness. Throw away the gods your forefathers worshiped beyond the River and in Egypt, and serve the LORD. But if serving the LORD seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your forefathers served beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the LORD.”
Joshua’s heart was right before the Lord and we know that the people did serve the Lord throughout his lifetime and the elders who out lived him (those who had seen all the great things the Lord had done for Israel). However not long after that generation passed away, we read:
“After that whole generation had been gathered to their fathers, another generation grew up, who knew neither the LORD nor what he had done for Israel. Then the Israelites did evil in the eyes of the LORD and served the Baals. They forsook the LORD, the God of their fathers, who had brought them out of Egypt” (Judges 2:10-12).
Let this lesson from history be a warning to all of us. We pray that this might not happen to us. As much as we might desire to lead our families on the way of faith in this idolatrous generation, we have children who are walking away from the faith. Our faith is not their faith. This is all the more reason to see our growing and Building Campaign through to completion! We must plead with God to:
“Show your deeds to your servants, your splendor to their children!” (Psalm 90:16)
That has been my prayer daily for the past 30 years. Oh, that our children would see the Lord’s splendor! Truly, then their faith would be our faith! Oh, that our conference centers would be places for more and more of our children to see the Lord’s splendor!