"There is nothing more important to make remembrance of than the Lord's faithfulness to His people in Exodus, in Judges, and in this room today." - Jen Wilkin, in her study of Judges.
In the books of Exodus and Joshua especially, BIG things are happening for the Israelites. God is performing unique miracles and asking for huge steps of faith. The Israelites' lives are changing drastically as they move from being slaves in Egypt to inhabiting and conquering their promised land.
However, the book of Judges is different. Jen Wilkin describes it as "the daily grind" of being God's people in God's land. God is repeatedly asking the question, "Will you obey me today?" We watch the Israelites struggle to obey day to day, week to week. And it's because of a turning point in the nation:
"And all that generation also were gathered to their fathers. And there arose another generation after them who did not know the LORD or the work that he had done for Israel" Judges 2:10
Under the leadership of Moses and Joshua, the people were constantly reminded of God's faithfulness: How He sent plagues to Egypt to convince Pharaoh to let them go. How He made a way for the Israelites to be spared by the Angel of Death. How He parted the Red Sea and drowned their captors! How He was WITH THEM as they conquered the PROMISED LAND!
But what happened when they forgot all of those things and disregarded their significance? What happened when they no longer remembered how powerful and almighty their God was?
They disobeyed and looked a lot like the neighboring nations. God was not happy with them, and consequently, they suffered.
So I wonder... why did they forget? Didn't those parents tell their kids any stories? Deuteronomy 6 lays out God's design for the passing of truth from generation to generation. Clearly, that wasn't happening, but the source of the problem was: they were human.
And yikes. Because I'm human too.
It seems that our family is in an "Exodus" or "Joshua" season of life. The time and place are very different, but the unique working of the Lord and steps of obedience are similar.
We have seen God move mountains to get us to where we are today: selling our house, moving into a camper while we raise support and complete training, with an end goal and passion for Bible translation in Africa. Even as we take steps through timing and schedule hurdles, financial and insurance questions, we see GOD'S FAITHFULNESS!
Just as the Israelites needed consistent and intentional ways to remember God's faithfulness under Moses and Joshua, so do we. Because we're human, and humans forget.
So, as we live in the "Joshua" season of life, I want to be so careful to be constantly remembering and teaching my kids about the faithfulness of God to our family.
"You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, 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. You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.
And when the LORD your God brings you into the land that he swore to your fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, to give you... then take care lest you forget the LORD who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery." Deuteronomy 6:4-12
So, what will that look like for our family?
The kids and I (especially) spend a lot of time memorizing Scripture and catechisms. I love being able to tell them what we know to be true, regardless of how we feel or what we understand.
We regularly pray as a family and rejoice over answered prayers.
But, I'd like to take it a step further, specifically because I want to take care lest I forget what God is doing in our hearts right now.
And, so, I bought a journal that will chronicle specific ways that God is working in our family and in our hearts over the next few years. We plan to involve the kids and talk about God a lot because this is how we will remember His faithfulness.