Monday, September 28, 2015

Dial Daily Bread: Does God Take Young People Seriously?

Dear Friends of "Dial Daily Bread,"

Does the Lord respect the prayerful commitment of a teenager? Or, because he or she is so young, does He trivialize it?

The Lord very seriously noticed the devotion of teenage Abraham in Ur of the Chaldees when the boy insisted on worshipping the one true God, the God who made the moon rather than worship the moon itself, as his father Terah did. It could be that young Abraham was the only teenager in the world at the time who worshipped the one true God (Gen. 11:27-12:3).

When teenage Joseph wept his eyes out the night after he had been sold as a slave to the Midianites, he resolved in solemn prayer to dedicate himself heart and soul to God; his prayer was respected in heaven. Even though great trials of faith followed, the Lord never trivialized Joseph's teenage devotion. He loves to interact with serious-minded teenagers!

Samuel hadn't even reached his teen years when the Lord chose him as the only person in Israel He could entrust with a serous message for Eli (and thus for the nation; 1 Samuel 3). And even as a teen, Samuel's words were not permitted to "fall to the ground" (vs. 19).

David was a teenage shepherd boy when a "lion ... took a lamb out of the flock, and [he] went after it and struck it, ... caught it by its beard, and ... killed it." He also killed a bear! (1 Sam. 17:34-36). Whether David had time to pray during these exploits we do not know; but his devotion to duty was total; God respected him. During his teen years David set his course for life.

Daniel was another teen who committed himself heart and soul to the Lord, and the Lord respected his commitment and the boy grew to be a man "greatly beloved" in heaven (9:23). Wouldn't you like to hear an angel tell you that?

Jesus wasn't quite a teenager when He watched His first Passover. When it dawned on Him that Someone sinless must die for the sins of the world as "the Lamb of God," His young heart thrilled with the resolve that He would surrender himself to be that Lamb. The Father noticed His prayer and took Him seriously.

Teens, you are very important in the economy of God, especially on this cosmic Day of Atonement. The Heavenly Father takes you seriously!

--Robert J. Wieland

From the "Dial Daily Bread" Archive: July 4, 2007.

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