Friday, August 23, 2013

Can the Youth Serve God?

A few weeks ago, I was completely humbled by my daughter, my twelve year old daughter.  It wasn't because she pointed out an inconsistent behavior or challenged my authority.  No, it was even more humbling than that because it was something she did that I didn't know she could do.  She did something that showed that she had more determination in her than I realized.  My little twelve year old daughter taught music; and she did it very well!  While we were at the Choma Academy of Music in Zambia, she taught recorder and oboe.  Her first teaching assignment was to teach recorder to approximately twenty children, and she did it!  By the end of the morning those students were playing a few songs.  Then, her next teaching assignment was to teach recorder to three teenage boys that were about twice her size, and once again she did it!  She also taught oboe to a boy who was graduating from Secondary School and to an adult teacher at another music academy in Livingstone.  I also have to give a quick shout-out to my 14 and 16 year old boys who also taught several students while we were there!  When all was said and done, she taught more than I did and she was successful at it!  It was very humbling and it reminded us all that God doesn't discriminate according to age, He really isn't concerned with how old or young we are.  If we are willing, He will use us.

Yesterday, I looked at Moses and how he had a few new starts in his life; even when he was older.  I looked at no matter how many years were behind us, God can use us.  But, let's consider youth and the reality that many of us have very little life experience.  Can God use the young?  Absolutely!  God wants all of us to serve Him, no matter our age.  Let's consider David, another author of several psalms.  In fact, he was the most prolific author in the book of Psalms.  David didn't consider his youth as something to stop him from serving God.  He first served God by faithfully taking care of his father's sheep.  He even protected them from a bear and a lion.  He then slayed a giant when no one else in Israel would do it.  He understood that his age and size didn't determine whether or not he could defeat such a great enemy; he knew that with God all things are possible.  David then was anointed king of Israel but still waited several years before that was fulfilled.  In fact, he served in the court of Saul as a warrior and as a musician to soothe Saul's troubled spirit.  He never considered his age as a stumbling block to do what God called him to do.

As we look at the book of Psalms, consider the fact that David knew that his abilities didn't have anything to do with his age; he knew it had everything to do with God.  We will see this reality reflected many times over in his writings as he acknowledges that God was the greatest desire in his heart.  We will see that the reason that David had such confidence in God was because he totally loved and believed his Creator.  David had some difficult times with Saul wanting to kill him and even had a son who wanted to kill him.  David sinned against God by having an affair with a married woman.  But when all was said and done, he was repentant and believed that God was his provider and protector.  His undying faith in God is what sustained him and gave him the ability to accomplish so many things, even when he was so young.

"Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity."  1 Timothy 4:12 NIV

Are you letting your youth get in the way of serving God?

This post is linked with Faith Filled Friday.

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