THE LEGACY OF HOLINESS
'after the death of Abraham, . . . God blessed his son Isaac'
(Gen. xxv. 11).
We must die! We feel that we must live, must live for the sake of
our sons, for the people of God whom we love as our own souls, and
for the perishing sinners about us. We are prone to magnify our own
importance, to think no one's faith is so mighty, no one's industry
is quite so fruitful, no one's love quite so unfailing, no one's
presence quite so necessary as ours. But after we die the blessed
God will still live, His years fail not, and He will bless our sons
and carry on His Work. Glory to God!
Have faith in God, brother! Trust the Lord, sister! He will bless
your children after you are dead.
Be sure you have given your children to God -- given them not in
order that they may be saved from hell, but that they may be saved
from sin, from enmity to God, from pride and worldliness and
selfishness and unbelief; saved that they may be saviors of others,
and God will bless them when you are dead.
Do not choose ease and wealth and worldly power and fame for your
children, but rather choose the lowly way of the Cross. Jesus was a
Man of Sorrows and acquainted with grief. He was despised and
rejected of men. Ask the Lord with all your heart to make your
children like their Master, and to lead them in the paths He trod,
and when you are dead God will remember your prayers and bless them.
Some years ago I was talking with a young lady whom God marvelously
blessed and used in His work. Each of us had lost both of our
parents when we were quite young. They were godly parents, who had
given us to the Lord, and then, when it seemed we most needed their
counsel and discipline, they died. But God took us up and blessed
us. As we talked about the past we could see the hand of God,
through corrections and faithful Fatherly chastenings, shaping our
whole lives, and bringing blessings out of what seemed the greatest
calamities, until we were lost in wonder at His wisdom and goodness,
and our mouths were filled with praise.
If our parents could have foreseen how God would tenderly care for
us and bless us, how it would have softened their dying pillows!
Ah! there is the secret cause of our trouble that we cannot foresee!
The more reason then why we should trust. 'We walk by faith, not by
sight,' therefore we should trust. 'God is love,' therefore we
should trust. 'Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is
stayed on Thee: because he trusteth in Thee. Trust ye in the Lord
for ever: for in the Lord Jehovah is everlasting strength' (Isa.
God may have blessed Isaac before the death of Abraham, but I am
glad we are told that He blessed him after the death of Abraham. God
has a memory; He does not forget. God is faithful; He breaks no
promises. God is good; He delights to show mercy and bestow
Be faithful yourself. God said of Abraham, 'For I know him, that he
will command his children and his household after him, and they
shall keep the way of the Lord, to do justice and judgment; that the
Lord may bring upon Abraham that which He hath spoken of him' (Gen.
xviii. 1 9).
Do your part well as you know how. Search the Bible to know what God
will have you do, and do it.
Pray for wisdom. 'If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, . .
. and it shall be given him.' (Jas. i. 5). God will not upbraid you
for your ignorance, if you want to be wise; therefore pray for
Pray for patience. If you plant corn, it does not spring up the next
morning. It lies in the ground for many days, and dies; but God's
eye is upon it, and He will bless it, and cause it to bring forth
fruit. And so will it be with your seed-sowing in the hearts of your
children; but you must have patience. Pray for patience. If you are
patient and have faith in God, and are not walking by sight, you
will continue to pray in hope, and to sow 'the seed which is the
word of God,' though it seems to be utterly useless. It is not
useless. Glory to God! Though you may die, yet after you are dead,
God will bless your Isaacs. He surely will!