Our Daily Bread Devotional 4 December 2021 | Generation Now
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Our Daily Bread Devotional 4 December 2021
Topic: Generation Now
Hezekiah turned his face to the wall and prayed to the Lord. 2 Kings 20:2
Today’s Scripture: 2 Kings 20:1–19
“Never trust anyone over thirty,” said young environmentalist Jack Weinberg in 1964. His comment stereotyped an entire generation—something Weinberg later regretted. Looking back, he said, “Something I said off the top of my head . . . became completely distorted and misunderstood.”
Have you heard disparaging comments aimed at millennials? Or vice versa? Ill thoughts directed from one generation toward another can cut both ways. Surely there’s a better way.
Although he was an excellent king, Hezekiah showed a lack of concern for another generation. When, as a young man, Hezekiah was struck with a terminal illness (2 Kings 20:1), he cried out to God for his life (vv. 2–3). God gave him fifteen more years (v. 6).
But when Hezekiah received the terrible news that his children would one day be taken captive, the royal tears were conspicuously absent (vv. 16–18). He thought, “Will there not be peace and security in my lifetime?” (v. 19). It may have been that Hezekiah didn’t apply the passion he had for his own well-being to the next generation.
God calls us to a love that dares to cross the lines dividing us. The older generation needs the fresh idealism and creativity of the younger, who in turn can benefit from the wisdom and experience of their predecessors. This is no time for snarky memes and slogans but for thoughtful exchange of ideas. We’re in this together. By: Tim Gustafson
REFLECT: In what ways do you think you may have ignored or disrespected others from a different age group? How might you use the gifts God has given you to serve them?
Forgive me, Father, for not appreciating others in a stage of life different from mine.
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