Bev and I just returned from our first trip to Israel, and those 8 days were a once in a life time experience. Bev had been praying for months that Israel and Iran would resolve their nuclear differences, or at least, put them on hold until we returned. Thankfully,God answered her prayers J
The trip was amazing in many ways—from getting caught in an impressive storm while sailing on the Sea of Galilee to being at the Wailing Wall Saturday evening as the Jews celebrated the end of the Sabbath.
But one the most powerful experiences may surprise you. Located by every front door of every motel room was a small metal cylinder. When we asked our guide what it was, he said, “Well, it contains Deuteronomy 6:6-7, of course.”
It says, “These words, which I am commanding you today, shall be on your heart; and you shall teach them diligently to your sons and shall talk of them when you sit in your house and when you walk by the way and when you lie down and when you rise up.”
The more I thought about it, the more I became convinced this is one of the keys to why many Jews have maintained their culture in the midst of being disbursed to nations around the globe for the last 2,000 years. Generally, they do a fabulous job of teaching the younger generation the Old Testament and the traditions of the Jewish faith.
This is a wake-up call for those of us who know Christ as our Savior. We need to ask ourselves from serious questions. Are we instilling in our children a love for God’s word and a deep desire to follow Christ no matter what the cost.
When an Israelite turns 18 years of age, they join the army. Every boy participates in the army for three years, every girl for two years. All of them visit two sites: The Holocaust Museum, which tells the story of six million Jews being exterminated by the Nazis during World War II. And Masada, the mountain peak where a band of 900 Jews held off the powerful Roman army for three year. The day before Masada fell to the Romans, they decided to commit suicide rather than subjecting their women to abuse and the men becoming slaves.
The message is clear: Never again another Holocaust even if we must fight to the death.
May we make a similar type of commitment as we train our children to love Christ and follow Him. Make it a priority. Help them understand that they are in a spiritual war. Let’s pass the good news of Christ on to future generations.
Think about it and grow.
Warmly in Christ,
Howard Dayton is the Founder and CEO, Compass – finances God’s way. For more information about Howard, please click HERE.