“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).
I’ve often wondered (now that I know for myself) why people take the stance they do in opposition to God. Then, when I read passages from the Old Testament, I am reminded that this current trend to oppose God is just history repeating itself. When Joshua died and the generation after him died who had first-hand knowledge of what God had accomplished for the Children of Israel, the people (another generation) forgot to keep telling it to others and they chose to do what they wanted to do.
What happened to the generation who didn’t know the Lord? They served idols and did what the other nations did who did not know God. Then, God became angry and allowed them to suffer at the hands of the other nations and when He made Himself known to this generation, they repented and once again knew the blessings of The Lord. And as long as they remembered to tell those who came behind about the great things God had done and were obedient, He continued to bless them as a nation (until He relented to their constant grumblings about having a king, but that’s another discussion).
For those of us who are concerned with this generation and their opposition to God, we need not worry. God is not a god of trends. What He has done in the past, He will do again. When people–as a nation–realize that He is not pleased with their trends (idol worship, doing things their way), and get tired of suffering, they will hear God’s messengers, repent, and He will hear their cries and heal the land. We must remember to tell others about all God has done–His love, mercy, and many benefits for all who receive what He has to give!
The ultimate sacrifice has been made–(Jesus on the cross) there is no other sacrifice needed to get God to smile upon us other than–obedience in being a witness--telling of His goodness! Hallelujah!