“At that time Marduk-Baladan son of Baladan king of Babylon sent Hezekiah letters and a gift, because he had heard of Hezekiah’s illness. Hezekiah received the envoys and showed them all that was in his storehouses—the silver, the gold, the spices and the fine olive oil—his armory and everything found among his treasures. There was nothing in his palace or in all his kingdom that Hezekiah did not show them. Then Isaiah the prophet went to King Hezekiah and asked, “What did those men say, and where did they come from?” “From a distant land,” Hezekiah replied. “They came from Babylon.”

The prophet asked, “What did they see in your palace?”

“They saw everything in my palace,” Hezekiah said. “There is nothing among my treasures that I did not show them.”Then Isaiah said to Hezekiah, “Hear the word of the Lord: The time will surely come when everything in your palace, and all that your predecessors have stored up until this day, will be carried off to Babylon. Nothing will be left, says the Lord. And some of your descendants, your own flesh and blood who will be born to you, will be taken away, and they will become eunuchs in the palace of the king of Babylon.” “The word of the Lord you have spoken is good,” Hezekiah replied. For he thought, “Will there not be peace and security in my lifetime?” ~ 2 Kings 20:12-19

The story of King Hezekiah always stands out to me when I come across it. It’s always the same thing that stands out every time I read it. He makes a huge mistake by showing Babylon all the riches in his storehouses and in doing so ushered in a huge judgment on the following generations. It isn’t his mistake that troubles me because we all make dumb mistakes. But it’s his attitude towards the judgement. “At least this won’t be in my lifetime.” was basically his response. His concern for his own present comfort outweighed his concern for the next generation. 

I always hold it up to my own present situation and wonder if it is no different with me. Am I concerned for my own present comforts and happiness more than I am leaving a strong spiritual foundation for the generation who comes up after mine? Especially during the dark climate of this present time. How are we handling these dire times in front of our kids? Are we hiding it from them? Are we numbing ourselves to the trials at hand seeking to just be comfortable until hopefully it all just ends? How does this communicate our faith to our children? Or are we seeking God out in all this that He is more known by us and therefore able to  make him known to our children?

The world seems to be speaking louder right now than the church to our kids, but that doesn’t mean the church has to adopt its tone and language to be heard by this next generation. Even if, and I mean “IF”, 2021 brings peace, prosperity, health and hope…all that fun stuff, there is no room to relax and go back to business as usual. Our children are starving for truth. They may not realize it. They may even struggle to recognize the truth, but I think they have the capacity to know it when they’ve heard it. We don’t know when Jesus will come back. We can’t be like Hezekiah and breathe a sigh of relief that judgement doesn’t come in our lifetime. What about our kids when they become adults? What about our grandkids? Have we done our best in preserving the truth of God and His word to pass on in their lifetime? Or will be continue to live our lives as comfortable as we can avoiding the not so glamorous or entertaining uses of our time such as reading the Bible together, praying together, speaking into the current situations through the lens of the truth and big picture of God’s picture? Have a great testimony you want to share? Great! Share it with your kids first! Have something that God has been telling you lately? Awesome! Talk about it with your children. Current Christian trends in Western society have deceived believers into thinking that we need this huge visible platform to make a difference for His kingdom where all we really need to make an impact is to honor the platform that He’s given us in our homes. If we do not start feeding the sheep of our own families, then we are projecting the next generations into spiritual emaciation. Unequipped. Barren. It is imperative that we begin to address the spiritual cries of our young people and to take actions as if their future matters…because it does. I’m not talking about college or careers; I’m talking about the future of their souls and the equipping of the future saints. 

We can enjoy life. We can take time just to be with our family. But we have got to make the resolve going into 2021 that we will fight for the souls of our children and their generation. We cannot afford to wait for someone else to do it. We cannot wait for a “better” opportunity. We cannot afford to believe what we do with our time and resources now won’t greatly affect their time in the future. 

~ Janean

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