Message to teenagers

In serving Jesus, we must ourselves seek to show love by what we do. There will be times when we need to be gentle as he was with his disciples when they faltered, and he said
“O you of little faith” (Luke 12:28; but read verses 22-31).
We might think of what we want, but our heavenly Father knows what we need.
The young people may think God is not any more of this time. Religion is something of the past or for old folks we often hear. Many wonder why they should need a religion or why they should believe that there is a God or why they would need a God.
This brings us to a key question for today: does the word of God guide our lives – or do you do that which is right in your own eyes?
When you read God’s word – do you lay it to heart?
We must; it is the only way to please God and His Son.

Message to teenagers!

(April 21)
English: Moses Pleading with Israel, as in Deu...
Moses Pleading with Israel, as in Deuteronomy 6:1-15, illustration from a Bible card published 1907 by the Providence Lithograph Company (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

We are now getting to the heart of Moses final message as we reach Deuteronomy 4. He is about to die, this is his urgent last exhortation; very shortly this nation which he had agonised over for 40 years as he led them closer and closer to the promised land – but they will cross the Jordan without him. Moses’ words are a powerful message to believers of every age.

The leaders (elders) of the nation are now those who had been teenagers when they escaped from Egypt, they had seen all their parents and older relatives die. As teenagers they had witnessed the wondrous evidence of divine power and presence. They had seen the astonishing lack of faith in parents and relatives leading to their untimely deaths in the wilderness.

Moses reminds them,

“I have taught you statutes and rules as the LORD your God commanded me that you should do them in the land that you are entering …” (4:5). “Keep them and do them for that will be your wisdom and understanding in the sight of the people … who will say, Surely this great nation is a wise and understanding people” (verse 6).

Later he says,

“know therefore today, and lay it to heart, that the LORD is God in heaven above and on earth beneath: there is no other” (verse 39).

This is the key point, not to simply “know” a matter, but to lay it to heart! So these leaders who had been teenagers 40 years previously went across the Jordan with Joshua as their leader and successfully took possession of most of the land. We are going to read next month that, after Joshua died the people

“served the LORD … all the days of the elders who had outlived Joshua who had seen all the great work the LORD had done” (Judges 2:7).

Then came disaster; those who had been teenagers at the time Moses had spoken what we are reading in Deuteronomy, failed to take his message fully to heart! We read in Judges, in the final verse

“everyone did what was right in his own eyes” (21:25):

just as bad, they failed to properly teach their children to follow in their footsteps.

The spirit in the world today is even worse than this, especially among the young – and many of the not so young!

This is the key question for today – does the word of God guide our lives – or do you do that which is right in your own eyes? When you read God’s word – do you lay it to heart?

We must, it is the only way to please God and His Son and we are reading most meaningful words in John’s Gospel, which we aim to comment on tomorrow.

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