He remembers his covenant forever, the word he commanded, for a thousand generations. (Ps. 105:8)

A small piece of paper fluttered to the carpet when Jenna opened her grandmother’s Bible. Since her grandmother’s funeral, Jenna and her sisters had been sorting her belongings into “keep,” “toss,” and “charity” piles. Picking up the paper, Jenna read an unusual phrase: “Nine hundred ninety-nine generations to go.” Jenna’s parents, who had moved out of state, neither accepted her grandmother’s faith nor shared it with Jenna and her sisters. Curious, Jenna visited Margaret, the leader of her grandmother’s prayer group. After thinking for a moment, Margaret’s eyes lit up, and she said, “About four years, ago, we were studying Psalm 105. Several of us put this note in our Bibles to remind us that God was ready to touch the lives of our children and grandchildren, as they turned to Him.” Jenna thought carefully before she responded. “Do you have room in your prayer group for one more?”

One of the greatest assurances we have as Christians is God’s promise to be there for others long after we’re off the scene. The same God who brought you out of sin and into salvation has promised to be there for your family, your neighbors, and your friends who accept Christ as you have. Ask Him to multiply the effectiveness of your witness to them, and trust Him to keep His promises for all who will believe.

Tell your children or grandchildren what God has done in your life.

Paul Zinter serves as a substitute teacher. He enjoys writing, bread making, and teaching at his local church.