Posterity

Most mornings at breakfast we grab our Bibles and read a chapter or two out of Psalms or Proverbs.  The kids go around the table reading.  Sometimes we just read the words.  Often we discuss what we’ve read, sometimes by asking kids to pick a favorite verse out of the section and talk about what it means for our life. I try to make sure everyone understands all the words.  This morning we read Psalm 22.  When we reached the word ‘posterity’ at the start of verse 30, I paused to think of a way to explain, since I didn’t think most of them knew the word.

“You and I are the posterity of Gramps, who was my grandpa and your great-grandpa.”  His wedding picture hung there in the dining room right behind their heads.  And as I thought of him, I realized something way bigger than the dictionary definition.

“Did you know that he spent his adult life praying for his posterity? His children and his grandchildren  and his great grandchildren–that’s you guys!”  Suddenly I had chills all over.   “You know what, guys?  You’re the answer to all those prayers.  As you grow up and go out into the world to serve God with your life, you’re exactly what he was praying for.”

We went back to those last two verses in the chapter and read these words:

“Posterity will serve Him.  It will be told of the Lord to the coming generation.  They will come and will declare His righteousness.  To a people who will be born, that He has performed it.”

 

My prayer is that our kids will also live to declare the righteousness of God to people yet to be born. Back in 1938 on my grandpa’s wedding day, he couldn’t have known that his posterity, the children yet to be born, would be grandchildren literally born all over this earth.  Many days I don’t see that big vision very clearly.  But this morning I was teary-eyed at the knowledge that I was looking at an amazing testimony to my grandfather’s prayers– the faces of the kids sitting around our breakfast table, eyes intent on mine, hearing about prayers prayed over their lives before they were ever born. I’m eager to see how they will choose to live out that mission in their own lives.

{ 4 Comments }

  1. What a beautiful, thought provoking post!

  2. Love it! I often think of the things happening in my life now, that my mother might have prayed to happen when she was alive.

  3. Thank you.

  4. What a wonderful post! I don’t think I’ve ever read that verse and really thought about it.