Recently in a children’s Sunday school class I showed a screen with nine pictures on it and asked the kids to memorize as much as they could in 30 seconds. I then asked them six questions based on what they saw on the screen. Most of the kids surprised me by getting four correct, I got three.
The following week I asked them different questions about what they saw, but I didn’t show them the screen again. This time, most of them got one or fewer correct. The point of this lesson was to show them how quickly we can forget things when we aren’t reminded of them.
In Deuteronomy 6:7-9 Moses instructs the Israelites before entering the Promised Land to not forget God’s Covenant with them. They were asked to “talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.”
The book of Judges is a picture of a society that grew up knowing nothing about God. After Joshua died, a few generations later, God was again forgotten. In fact, in Judges 2:10 it says, “After that whole generation had been gathered to their fathers, another generation grew up, who knew neither the Lord nor what he had done for Israel.”
Judges is a frightening example of what things could look like if we as parents and grandparents don’t invest in teaching the children to know the Lord. Judges is an example of what things would look like without Children’s ministry.
So what are you doing to invest in the younger generation toady? Are you teaching them to truly know the Lord?