You shall therefore keep His statutes and His commandments which I command you today, that it may go well with you and with your children after you, and that you may prolong your days in the land which the Lord your God is giving you for all time. (Deuteronomy 4:40)
It is made abundantly clear in this verse that obedience to God equates to blessing, prosperity and longevity of life. It is also clear that our obedience in the present has residual affect for future generations. On one level that could mean the tangible blessings bestowed upon an obedient people have a ripple affect for future generations. On another level it could suggest that an obedient lifestyle lived in front of our children and grandchildren can make such an impact upon them that they propagate that lifestyle well into the future.
The hint in the verse above — in other words, what is stated without saying it — is that disobedience can have the same residual affect. If tangible blessings are withheld from a disobedient people, our children and their children may, indeed, suffer the consequences as well. It is also true that when we live a disobedient lifestyle before our little ones, they are more likely to emulate our disobedience and propagate rebellion throughout several generations. Some might even think this constitutes a generational curse, and if so, it is not a curse God has brought upon a family but a curse the family has brought upon themselves.
So the message today is to remember that choices made today have the potential to affect others — those who are with us today and those who have yet to be born. Decisions made today will, in some form or fashion, have ramifications for tomorrow. So let us carefully consider this as we go about our day. Even those choices that seem innocuous and insignificant might be the key to our future and the future of our descendants. So then, let us carefully consider our decisions and may we alway implore the assistance of Heaven in every decision we make so that “our days may be prolonged in the land” and that all would be well for our children.
Blessings and Shalom,