Posterity will serve him;
future generations will be told about the Lord.
They will proclaim his righteousness,
declaring to a people yet unborn:
He has done it!
When I post the photo of my youngest granddaughter, Alexandra Nancy, on Facebook, I receive, among many beautiful and touching comments, this one from high school friend, Robb: "Love the smile . . . Our future . . ."
It moves me to tears.
Alexandra is so vulnerable, knowing nothing but surrounding arms of love, basking in the awakening to life as she grows and develops with each passing day. Her story is one the Lord already knows, and will be one for all of us who love her to discover in time.
Our hearts are filled with promise.
Promise for the future.
But . . .
In these difficult, trying days, when it seems the world has turned against those who first seek the Lord, the promise can become hard to hold on to. No matter where we look, despair, depravity, and hopelessness prevail. As Pastor Wallace warns us in church this past Sunday: "The world has taken over the church; the church has not taken over the world."
A powerful admonition.
One we need to take to heart.
Because future generations must be told about the Lord and His saving grace; announced with grandeur and celebration, that they would remember. After all, He has done it for those yet unborn.
And for His children abiding.
Our future? Believing in God's promises.
Believing in the smile . . .
God has done it!
Will you choose to believe in the smile of God?
Prayer: Father, let us find the joy You wish us to experience in the smile of a child. May we realize in that one smile, the gesture of the hope and the promise You have for this world, and continue to spread the Good News of Your saving grace to a world that does not want to hear Your righteous message. Give us the grace and courage to spread Your Word fearlessly, that a people yet unborn will declare, "He has done it!" In Jesus' name, we pray. Amen.