Except Caleb the son of Jephunneh. He shall see it, and to him and to his children I will give the land on which he has trodden, because he has wholly followed the Lord! Deuteronomy 1:36
I’m not a mother, however I have heard friends of mine that are exclaim, “Mother’s aren’t perfect!” All of us mess up from time to time, including mothers. Some spend too much time tidying up messes that will reappear. Others not enough time enjoying moments that will never come again. Maybe we are too quick to tell the kids to go play instead of asking them to come and sit. Everyone can easily get caught up in the to-do list of motherhood. Feed the baby. Change the baby. Fold the laundry. Make dinner.
There’s one area though, where parents can’t allow themselves to fail. Parents, and families, must be completely committed to God and faithful in their walk with Him. Nobody’s perfect and never will be, but we can all be faithful. Falling short in this area could cause future generations – our kids, nieces, nephews and grandchildren – to suffer.
In Deuteronomy, Caleb’s generation was called an evil generation. What was it that stopped this evil generation from seeing the promised land? They chose fear over faith, being timid over trust. They focused on what they cold see and touch instead of what God promised. And they paid dearly for it.
We must all choose faith, and we must choose to trust the promises of God. We must choose these things for ourselves because we are desperate for God’s presence in our children because we are desperate to see His promises fulfilled in them.