HH, Sir Godfrey Gregg D.Div
Because that Abraham obeyed my voice, and kept my charge, my commandments, my statutes, and my laws. Genesis 26:5
There is no greater legacy you can leave behind but that of prayer. In your prayers to God our Father, you will pass the covenant unto your children and their children unto the remaining generations that they will be blessed until the Lord returns. Nothing is of more importance to your children like blessings through prayer. However, in your prayer, I am urging and encouraging you to lay a charge unto them that they may always acknowledge the Lord and so He will guide their feet.
It is awful to realize how our sins may repeat themselves in our children. Here is Isaac following in the precise steps of Abraham, who had acted in a similar manner toward Sarah when entering Egypt. In each case there was a sad lapse of faith; but it was even worse for Isaac, with Abraham’s example to warn him. But a man may pass blessings on to his children, as well as the sad entail of evil habits.
He leaves the blessing of the divine covenant. God had entered into a covenant with Abraham and was prepared to fulfil its provisions to his son. “I will be a God to thee, and to thy seed after thee.” So a godly ancestor may be able to secure for all his seed a share in the divine grace and favour. The spirit that is put on him does not depart from his seed, or his seed’s seed forever.
The blessing of his prayer. – It is impossible to over-estimate the effect of a good man’s prayers; they are as streams or trees, which go on flowing and bearing fruit long after they were originated. The legacy of a good man’s prayers is of priceless worth. He may have long since passed to his rest, but God remembers them and answers them in blessings to the next generation. How often in this chapter we read that “God blessed Isaac.”
The blessing of a noble name. – We may all leave that if we can transmit nothing else. To have had a father that knew God, walked with God, pleased God; who was on intimate terms with Him, and could speak to Him, as a man with his friend – illumined the ordinary nature and existence of Isaac with unearthly beauty. Let us live so that our children may be ranked as nobles because they bear our name.