The heart of a father

“My son, don’t forget my teaching, but let your heart keep my commands;” ‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭3:1‬

Foundations and Generations

Today I want to repost an article I wrote some years ago thinking about it because of the birth of my youngest grandson Elijah Jael! 

Elijah, generations, hearts,  fathers and sons….

Isaiah 58:12 And they that shall be of thee shall build the old waste places: thou shalt raise up the foundations of many generations; and thou shalt be called, The repairer of the breach, The restorer of paths to dwell in.

There is always this rushing into the new, as a new generation is so tired of what their ‘father’ has left and I can understand it! I have done it and made so many mistakes, as I thought I could do it different, better, more up-to-date. I toke this attitude into my christianity and build and rebuild, without proper foundations and plans. I have learned from it as God taught me over the years that only reconnecting to ‘the foundations of many generations’ will make my effort fruitful.

For many years I had the above verse as a promise ones spoken by a prophet to me and my wife and only after years of misunderstanding, working on the wrong end, taught me that rebuilding is a generational thing. Honoring the forefathers and all their labor, studying the ‘original’ plans, looking at what it became, gave me the insight that it is all about raising up the foundations of many generations. There is a they and there is a thou in the verse and it all refer to the generations, the they that shall be of thee! Than it brings me to this very important verse in Malachi 4:5 Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the LORD. 6 And he will turn The hearts of the fathers to the children, And the hearts of the children to their fathers, lest I come and strike the earth with a curse.

So, if change and renewal disconnect me from the generations, I must search my heart and reconsider my motives. With care and love, Holy Spirit taught us the beauty of His plans for mankind. All the way from the Garden of Eden, through the stubbornness of mankind, via kings and prophets, creating a people of His own, God brought us back to the original plan.

As much as we tend to start over and do the same thing again, building our own towers and choosing our own kings, there is a blueprint of Gods Kingdom and there is an invitation to build with Him!

It is a really great thing, as we raise up again the foundations of generations here in Sweden. It is a blessing to see the reactions of the ones who are willing to work together and have an open mind to what’s coming. It is an intense, but thankful mission and although we know it is not something of one season, I know the promise of God is there that we will finish it and see the result. It is laying the foundations for the next generation and I am honored by the fact that they will walk in the lineage of the Kingdom!

Author: Rob van't Wout

Dutch by birth, Sweden by choice, Kingdom by grace

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