“The Lord is good; His mercy is everlasting, and His truth
endures to all generations. —Psalm 100:5
It may seem surprising when children don’t follow their
parents’ example of faith in God. Equally unexpected is a
person with a deep commitment to Christ who emerges from a
family where faith was not present. In every generation,
each person has a choice.
Samuel was a great man of God who appointed his two sons,
Joel and Abijah, as leaders over Israel (1 Sam. 8:1-2).
Unlike their father, however, they were corrupt and
“turned aside after dishonest gain, took bribes, and
perverted justice” (v.3). Yet, years later, we find Heman,
Joel’s son, appointed as a musician in the house of the
Lord (1 Chron. 6:31-33). Heman, Samuel’s grandson—along
with Asaph, his right-hand man and the author of many of
the psalms—served the Lord by singing joyful songs
Even though a person seems indifferent toward the faith so
precious to his or her parents, God is still at work.
Things can change in later years, and seeds of faith may
spring to life in generations to come.
No matter what the family situation may be, we know that
“the Lord is good; His mercy is everlasting, and His truth
endures to all generations.”
Dear Lord, help me to remember that You are the one who
causes the seed of faith to grow. We give our loved ones
into Your care, knowing that the end of the story has not
yet been written.
God’s faithfulness extends to all generations.
What we teach our children today will influence
INSIGHT: Psalm 100 is a short psalm—only five
verses—in which we are encouraged to shout, serve, sing,
give thanks, praise, and bless the Lord. We should shout
joyfully, serve gladly, and bless Him because the Lord is
God; because He made us and we belong to Him (v. 3); and
because He is good, merciful, and always true (v. 5).