May 21, 2012
And there arose another generation after them who did not know the Lord or the work He had done for Israel. Judges 2:10
One of the great things about being a grandparent is being able to indulge the grandchildren.
Of course, a grandparent can take things too far.
As evidence of that, I share the story of two grandparents who were recently arrested. Paul and Belinda Berloni were taken into custody for pulling their seven-year-old granddaughter in her plastic Hot Wheels car. She was wearing a swimming suit and no protective gear.
Oh, I forgot.
They were pulling their granddaughter behind their sports utility vehicle. The grandfather was driving, and the grandmother was sitting in the back with the hatch door up, cheering her grandchild on. Apparently, both had been drinking.
The arrest record relates that the grandparents said, "They were just having fun and had been doing it all day."
Now, I'm relatively sure the parents and grandparents who are reading this devotion have never done anything this crazy. On the other hand, there are times when we may fail to set an example for those young ones who are walking in our footsteps.
Apparently, that was the situation after Joshua died. It says that after the leader and those who had fought with him had left this earth, the next generation managed to forget everything the Lord had done.
In some ways, I believe this is the story of present-day North America. For generations we knew and recognized the Lord's hand and bounty. Now we are discovering more and more people who have concluded this great land has been created and is sustained by our own strength and human will. It hasn't and it isn't.
This is why, Christian parents and grandparents, I encourage you to spend a little extra time teaching your young ones about the Lord's handiwork in their lives. Teach them of all He has done for them and for our nation.
And don't pull them in their Hot Wheels behind your SUV.
THE PRAYER: Dear Lord, help us remember all You have done for us and share it with those who are coming after us. In Jesus' Name. Amen.
Pastor Ken Klaus
Speaker emeritus of The Lutheran Hour®
Lutheran Hour Ministries