Job 7:6-8 “My days are swifter than a weaver’s shuttle, and are spent without hope. O remember that my life is wind: mine eye shall no more see good. The eye of him that hath seen me shall see me no more: thine eyes are upon me, and I am not.”
When taken by a calamity, a trial or something that just presses out of measure; our comfort level that we have acquired is gone and we try to make the best of the situation. Some are so pressed or oppressed that they aren’t equipped to handle what is being thrown at them.
As this world waxes worse and worse, we are going to see levels of violence, horrific crimes against humanity, depth of depravity and occultic practices that will make many wonder – “Where is God?”
2 Timothy 3:1-5 “This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.”
I have spent the better part of this week here in Colorado at a teen conference. As I gazed upon the over 600 teens in attendance, I thought, “Here is the future generations…”. At first sight, you might observe immature behavior, energy looking for an outlet and facial expressions of seeming indifference. But, through this week, I saw God break through all that to touch hearts and make decisions to serve God.
The messages preached were spot on to uncover teenage misconceptions about serving God. “I can’t”, “I’m not talented”, “You don’t know what I’ve done”; all these excuses ruminate in the mind as arrows of Satan looking to hit it’s target. The truth not only deflects those arrows, but exposes the lies our enemy speaks to stop us before we ever begin.
It is easy to take the side of those who criticize the youth of today. The fruit inspectors and critics are quick to point out the faults and failures of what these young adults have not been taught or fully equipped to do. I call those fruit inspectors and critics – lazy. Lazy and unwilling to put forth any effort to effect a change in that young person’s life so that they can gain from our experience.
I tried to be very honest with my children about my BC days (BC – before Christ). They asked what it was like to drink alcohol. I told how I was lured into taking my first drink. I told how much trouble each episode brought because of that one decision I made. I shared my deep regret for ever taking that first drink.
We are failing our youth by pointing fingers and putting unfair expectations on them. Parenting is discipleship on a very personal level.
What I saw this week has inspired me. It has renewed my faith in our future. It has caused me to see the extreme need for us to pray for our youth. In my day, I did not have to deal with half of what the enemy is throwing at our youth today. The electronic bombardment of their eyes, ears and minds is staggering. To see them come thtrough and still make decisions as we saw this week, is encouraging.
Job had one of the most extreme trials anyone has ever faced. God allowed it to show us that we can, with God’s help, make it through. Not only survive, but see God reveal a part of Himself in the trial that, to the best of my knowledge, had not been revealed before.
When I feel like I am alone in this trial; singled out for attack or just plain fogotten or neglected; I can go to Job and see the end of his trial just as I should look at mine. Finding a new perspective through the lens of God’s Word is amazing! When the fog finally lifts and we see our way clear, I have realized that He never left me.
We must never fail to look for those opportunities to teach and train our young people. To impart some wisdom, to share what NOT to do – and why. It may very well be that that divine oppotunity changes their course forever.