". . . then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your ancestors served beyond the Euphrates, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the LORD."
I recently finished reading through the Old Testament books of Kings, giving a chronological order of the kings of Judah and Israel and a bit of their life. One thing that stood out when I read these chapters is how time after time it says something like, " Jehoahaz, son of Ahaziah king of Israel, became king (and) he did evil in the sight of the Lord." Sometimes it refers to "evil just like his father had done". Once in a while, a king such as Joash is listed of whom it says, " He did what was right in the eyes of the Lord."
These thoughts have reminded me how each generation chooses the way they will go for themselves. God has given us all a free choice in this. King Josiah was eight years old when he became king and had no upbringing in the Law, However, he made a bold move to get rid of idol worship and renew God's covenant with the people.
My prayer is that, as grandparents and parents, we will choose to serve the Lord and never give up praying for the generations to follow. Unlike the people in Old Testament times, we have the Bible to show us the result of disobedience and rebellion. We stand on this side of the cross, God's story of forgiveness and we have the Holy Spirit to guide us. Let us take our stand with Joshua to serve the Lord.