Do you ever wonder where you are going, or ponder what’s up ahead?
Each and every one of us has direction and specific assignments from the Lord throughout our lives, even though the seasons may change.
Ramon and I have done many different things and have had numerous adventures throughout our almost 35 years together, but what now? We were both laughing the other day about being ready for a new adventure! What will it be?
I had recently been reflecting a verse, which spells out at least one mandate or challenge, when I heard a message preached to the effect that unless each member of the younger generation has a real revelation of God all they can or will be able to enter into is a rote legalistic “religious” relationship with God.
”Even when I am old and gray, do not forsake me, my God, till I declare your power to the next generation, your mighty acts to all who are to come”. Ps. 71:18
This passage encourages us to declare His power. The word in Hebrew for power, Zroah is literally arm, shoulder, and therefore strength. At Passover time, this word is much remembered. We say over and over in the Haggadah that the Lord led Israel out of Egypt with his outstretched Zroah or arm. So awesome was that event that the whole world is aware of the Exodus…God’s great arm was revealed!
Hebrew poetry frequently uses parallel structure-two ways of saying things- (start looking for double construction as you read the Psalms, but that is an aside!)
In the passage above, the parallel word used here and translated might is G’vurah. It can mean force, mastery, power, valor and strength and is used of warriors, the horse, and even the crocodile in Job 41:4.
It is derived from the Hebrew root, “GVR” pronounced Gever, the word used for a man.
As we know, there is nothing like the strength of a man. When there is something heavy or a tight jar lid, I ask my G’vr, Ramon to help me.
Great strength is pictured in Judges 5:31 which says, “…those that love the Lord may go forth like the sun in its strength”. Here in the Middle East, we know what that is like, especially in summer, and because of the intensity of the unrelenting sun beating down we try to avoid going out during the middle of the day. As a matter of fact, I am escaping that intensity as I write since we are in the middle of an unprecedented heat wave. So the strength of God can be likened to the burning intense heat of the summer sun!
For yet another interpretation of strength, in the New Testament Greek the word used for Power is Dunamis, like our word for dynamite! In Mt. 22:29, Yeshua rebukes the Sadducees saying they do not understand the Scriptures, (which tell of His mighty deeds), nor the Power or Dynamite of God!
So we have, at least as part of our calling, to declare to the next generation who He is, His mighty Arm by which He can create something out of nothing or execute a purpose, and His Strength, which nothing can stop. He touches the hills and they smoke, Ps 104:37 He does that which He pleases and that which brings delight to His heart. Psalm 135:5,6.
One question we have to ask ourselves is, “Do we know enough of a revelation to pass it on?”
If I look back at my life I can reflect on so many places and times that the Lord has intervened, blessed, and changed circumstances. Basically, He has done so many mighty things we could write blogs and blogs on it!
This will be written for the generation to come, that a people yet to be created may praise the LORD. Ps 102:18
Even if we have no serious or powerful contact with the younger generation, we can pray for it with faith that the Lord will turn the hearts of the fathers to the children and children to the fathers, Malachi 4:6. So many young people come from broken homes or are far from grandparents.
Naturally, the ultimate restoration between generations comes with faith in Messiah.
We can pray with confidence for the mandate of Joel 2:28 which says, “It will come about after this that I will pour out My Spirit on all mankind; And your sons and daughters will prophesy, Your old men will dream dreams, Your young men will see visions. Even on the male and female servants I will pour out My Spirit in those days.…
We are not so far from “those days” judging by world events, (you can read about it in Ramon’s blogs and books), so we can also expect this amazing pouring out on all of us, reconciling the old and young with the “Dunamis” of the Anointing of the Holy Spirit that will forever join the generations.