READ : Judges 2:10-19
There is a pattern in the Book of Judges: the people sin and forsake God; God lets their enemies overrun them; they cry out to God; He sends them a judge to save them from their enemies; they serve God as long as the judge lives; and then they forsake God again.
That same pattern is repeated in the lives of many people today. They are raised in Christian homes, but never develop their own faith. When they go away to college or career, they leave the church and the values of their parents. Eventually, their choices come back to haunt them, and they return to church usually not the church of their childhood, but a church that offers them the help they so desperately need.
Is this pattern inevitable? The reason it was this way in the time of the judges was that people were not personally responsive to God. They appreciated the help and deliverance of God through the judges, but they failed to see that the blessing of God demanded a response.
If you are reading this and you have been blessed by a Christian heritage, understand that the benefits of that heritage will be lost unless you learn to respond to God personally.
Today, pray specifically for individual members of your family.