As a child, I was fascinated by echoes. I can remember the magic of hearing a sound bounce from wall to wall until it faded into total silence. I can remember how some spaces and surfaces caused my echoes to linger and some spaces would muffle them.
Every generation has something of value to pass along to the next generation. While we often think an inheritance is property, money, or goods—for people of faith—there is something of greater value. Our experiences, stories, and values are intended to be passed along to the next generation in a divine echo that reverberates beyond our limited time on earth.
Psalm 145: 4 tells us, “One generation commends your works to another; they tell of your mighty acts (NIV).
Joshua, Moses’ assistant, understood who God is and understood what God had done for him. He learned to stand on these truths and on his convictions as a minority among the spies in Exodus 13. Joshua would prove to be an obedient servant as he led the people of Israel to take possession of the Promised Land. He also boldly declared that he and his household would serve the Lord. The witness of Joshua’s leadership extended beyond his own death, “Israel served the Lord throughout the lifetime of Joshua and of the elders who outlived him and who had experienced everything the Lord had done for Israel” (Joshua 24:31 NIV).
However, the echo of faith broke down after that generation died. Somewhere along the way, parents and the larger spiritual community failed to instruct their children to honor God. “After that whole generation had been gathered to their ancestors, another generation grew up who knew neither the Lord nor what he had done for Israel” (Judges 2:10 NIV).