Pastor Valk began to talk of our attitude towards the younger generation recognizing that we have now become that disapproving older generation. He uses:
17 He will also go before Him in the spirit and power of Elijah, ‘to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children,’ and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just, to make ready a people prepared for the Lord."
There needs to be an investment in the younger generation and he is careful to point out that the responsibility is for the fathers to open their hearts towards the children; not the children.
He shares a story about his own brother with similar story lines to earlier illustrations. His parents removed his brother from the hospital with disapproval from the Dutch medical staff. They were Baptists and they were choosing to believe God. The boy overcame his kidney problems and never experienced poor health to this day except that he doesn’t believe in God.
The coming revival will hinge upon keeping our hearts open towards a younger generation that has rejected the truth of the gospel. The fathers must turn their hearts to the children. God asks: Can a woman forget her nursing child – God expects the answer to be “no” but in today’s society we see the answer can be “yes” because of sin.
Looking at this younger generation we must look with hope. Worldly hope is an insecure hope that easily disappoints. A Godly hope is a confident expectation. Without hope nothing will ever change.
He comments upon the belief in pre-destination for salvation believed by the Dutch Reformed Church. He, without getting to far into it, points out that some many of these verses are talking about pre-destined ministry not salvation. Thus, the “calling of God is without repentance”. So if you have stopped striving for God’s purpose in your life you can repent and move forward in hope allowing God to restore your calling.