God is With Every Generation
Key Verse to Read and Treasure
A generation goes, and a generation comes, but the earth stands forever. (Ecclesiastes 1:4, ESV)
Ancestry.com is a popular site for people looking into family ancestral lines. Researching backgrounds histories, and family ties. Most of us have at least one or two family members who are busy doing that and sharing what they learn about past generations; how they have impacted and helped shape our present. One day someone’s research will lead them to us. We will be included in the generations that have lived before them.
Solomon makes a good point here when he writes “a generation goes, and a generation comes but the earth stands forever.” An obvious contrast between mortal beings, whose lifespans are as fleeting as grass—such as David wrote in Psalm 103—and an immortal, eternal God who doesn’t change or pass away. How amazing and mindboggling to think that the same God of Solomon, Adam, Eve, Moses, Abraham, Sarah, Joseph, Ruth, and all we read about in our Bible is the very same God watching over and caring for us today. More than anything knowing we cannot outlive God, and future generations won’t have to face this life without Him.
The mortality of humankind and the immortality of God are meant to comfort us especially when life is difficult, or we feel alone in life. Remembering our days are fleeting and we only have so much time to get things done, serve the Lord, and accomplish the assignments He gives us can help keep us focused. And thinking about God as eternal, infinite, and immortal can motivate and inspire us to draw upon the promises of God that are older than the earth itself. It is not only the earth that stands forever, but the Word of God, the promises, the love, forgiveness, grace, and mercy of our God who remains immeasurable, eternal, and everlasting.
Praying Ecclesiastes 1:4
Magnificent and glorious God, our God who was, who is, and is to come, we praise You, not only for Your graciousness toward us, but Your eternal, and everlasting presence. Although our human brains cannot fathom what this kind of eternal quality is like we can enjoy it and extol You for it. May we look forward to the day we will join You in the place You have made to spend together for all eternity. Amen
What miracles and wonders did God perform in the lives of your ancestors? Talk to God about the things he continues to do in your life and generation.