1 Chronicles 5:18-26, 6:3-15, 49, 7:1-8:281 Chronicles 5:17, “All these were entered in the genealogical records during the reigns of Jotham king of Judah and Jeroboam king of Israel.”
Have you ever skipped a smooth stone across a glassy pond or thrown a big rock as far as you could into the lake? SPLASH! Then come the ripples. They spread as far as the eye can see and create a stir far beyond the point of contact. Your faith in God is like that rock or stone. It has a ripple effect on those within your sphere of influence.
You might be thinking, “What does this have to do with today’s reading — information on specific tribes and genealogy with names too difficult to pronounce?” Let’s consider one of the main reasons genealogies were so important to God. It shows us that He cares about history and the individual people and families who were a part of it. Likewise, He cares just as much about you and your family as He did those listed in Scripture. God wants families to thrive as each member lives out their God-given purpose and walks closely with Christ. And He wants to create a ripple effect as each generation passes their love for God and His righteousness down to the next.
Parents, your children's faith trajectory begins with you. But, you don't have to do it alone. That's what the church is all about! We want to partner with you to grow your already amazing kids into even more amazing future leaders and influencers. Remember, planting the seed of faith in their hearts while they're young is like tossing a stone into a still pond. You will start ripples that can impact generations to come!
Father, Thank You for the people You placed in my life whose ripples of faith led me to have a personal relationship with Christ. Give me a hunger and thirst for Your Word, Your ways, and Your Church. Help me stand firm and flex my faith muscles so you can use me to influence others and glorify Your holy name. In Jesus’ name, Amen.