King Hezekiah did something wrong: he exposed his kingdom’s treasures and splendour to some envoys that came from a foreign land. God through His prophet denounced this act and predicted that the king of that foreign land would come one day to carry away all the treasures and the people of Hezekiah’s kingdom as well as making some of his descendants to be slaves in the palace of the king of that foreign land. Surprisingly, Hezekiah was satisfied with this prophecy because he thought that there would be peace and security in his lifetime. Here was the person that prayed fervently against the prophecy that he would die (see 2 Kings 20:1-3; Isaiah 38:1-3). He accepted this later prophecy because it does not affect him directly. That is, he did not care about what would happen to the coming generation! Unfortunately, he gave birth to one of the worst kings in Judah (Jeremiah 15:4).
Many people today are living anyhow without caring about the repercussions of their actions (and even inactions) on the coming generation. Some are even ready to have now the pleasure and benefits that are reserved for their children and grand children. Most of the African politicians and leaders are guilty of this. They keep on recycling themselves in the corridors of power. It has indeed become the bane of progress to many parts of Africa.
In what way are you like Hezekiah? Do you care about your coming generation? What is your attitude to the coming generation? What are you doing now that may affect your coming generation? Know that your actions and inactions now will have great effects on your coming generation. Care for the coming generation through your character and even thought.
In His service,
Bayo Afolaranmi (Pastor).