Psalm 119:18, 27
Open my eyes that I may behold wondrous things out of Your law. Make me to understand the way of Your precepts: so shall I talk of Your wondrous works.
Sometimes we may not understand God's ways just as children often do not fully understand the reasons behind their parent's rules, regulations, and directions. I love that the author of this Psalm asks that God open his eyes to see the "wondrous things" that come from following God's law.
I am so grateful that we can trust in God's direction. He has a purpose for us and when we are obedient we receive more blessings than we even realize- blessings that may not even be apparent in our lifetime.
God's commands are there to protect us and keep us pure, and the reward of following His directions will extend through the generations.
Pastor Voddie Baucham says, "We cannot expect our children to rise above our example. We can try to teach them to do as we say, not as we do, but our words can only go so far when they are contradicted by our actions."
When we see the beauty in God's plan- in the order, the commands, the directions He has set out for our lives (and we live thankfully and passionately within those boundaries) we take steps in "training up our children in the way they should go" through our own example.
I believe that part of being thankful and passing down so great a heritage is in telling the stories of God's goodness to those around us time and time again, especially our children. Our testimonies of God's wonderful works are very powerful. The children of Israel often lost sight of God's awesome works throughout the generations. It's easy for that to happen to us as well.
I pray that God would help me to daily remember His power and greatness, and that He would at least give me glimpses to the beautiful things that result from following Him in obedience.
I'm not sure if this even makes any sense to anyone else, but it certainly touched my heart as I read through the bible.