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The Youth on Trial

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26 December 2023

The scripture revealed in James 1:17 that “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.” In the beginning, the perfect God had a perfect intention when He created man in His own perfect image for His perfect purposes of being in dominion over every things He had created. Every human being created into this world possess that inherent perfect nature of God and it is obviously reflective in the innocence character disposition of every little children. He placed the child in the hands of two appointed human angels, the father and mother that truly loved him to train and develop him in the unadulterated love of God. If only it is possible that the negative influences of worldliness do not defile and pollute the souls of little children, they would have remained perfect for the glorious purposes of God.

Unfortunately, since the advent of the deceitful entrance of Satan into the life of mankind in the Garden of Eden, the youth has always been on trial. Although we do not know at which age Adam and Eve were deceived in the Garden, but everything was pointing to the fact that they were very young individuals when Satan took advantage of their innocence and uncorrupted minds to mislead them into sinfulness. Since then every youth all over the world are facing all kinds of trials according to the predominant evil social vices in their environments.

Some of these youths may be victims of circumstances because of broken marriages of their parents and this might be the reason why they were exposed to unguided life of worldliness. But some of the kids from well-organized families fall into evil vices of bad companies, and become victims of peer-pressure, temptations and slide further into uncontrollable immoralities and a destructible life of crime. Although it is sad but the truth is that Satan captured them young, manipulated their minds and subject them to defilements of various categories so that evil and wanton destruction will dominate their mind as they are growing up and advancing in wisdom. At last these children may reap the effect of the evil that dominated their mind unless they saw the light of the gospel of Jesus Christ and summed up courage and change from their evil ways.

War dragged out four Hebrews from the comfort of their good and godly upbringing into slavery in the land of Babylon. The king of Babylon desired the service of some pure, wise and intelligent children of Israelites to serve in the king’s palace. The prince of the eunuchs hand-picked Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah for the job. Their captor changed their names and named them after the idol gods in Babylon. “Unto whom the prince of the eunuchs gave names: for he gave unto Daniel the name of Belteshazzar; and to Hananiah, of Shadrach; and to Mishael, of Meshach; and to Azariah, of Abednego.” (Daniel 1:7) They did not stop at that, they were horrendously castrated and made eunuchs in order to serve in the king’s palace. Finally they intended to subject them to the portion of king which of course was the food of the idolatry king. Daniel and his fellowmen humbly declined and they only subsisted on vegetable and milk. They humbly refused to defile themselves because of the godly training they had received when they were in their land. They continued to be godly, humble, prayerful and faith-focused, dignify and remained men of integrity for the glory of God. “And in all matters of wisdom and understanding, that the king inquired of them, he found them ten times better than all the magicians and astrologers that were in all his realm.” (Daniel 1:20) They were effectively fit in all capacities and ten times better in wisdom than their peers to stand in the king’s palace. As a result, the favor of God visited their faithfulness and they became a force to be reckoned with in a foreign land. They commanded respect of the king and were appointed in to various respectable leadership positions in the province of the Babylonian Kingdom.

If the youth can remain undefiled like Daniel and his fellowmen, if they can choose not to yield to the peer pressure of their time and join the evil bandwagon in the fast lane of get-rich-quickly through drugs and occultism practices,  if only they can clearly stand out and choose to remain unpolluted in the face of alluring temptations, if they can ensure that they do not dip their hands in to the evil vices of drug usages, and sexual immoralities, and lastly if they remain focus on the precepts of righteousness and holiness, certainly the faithful God will visited their faithfulness and bless them immensely far more than their imaginations. The way out of the horrible trials of youth in our time is to walk uprightly in godliness and obedience to the word of God. Thus saith the LORD, “Stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls.” But they said, We will not walk therein. (Jeremiah 6:16) The four Hebrew children did not allow their youth to be corrupted with worldliness and sinful idolatrous life of their time. They put God in the position of preeminence and God did not permit shame and reproaches to enter their lives. The scripture commanded, “Let no man despise thy youth; but be thou an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity.” (1 Timothy 4:12) Whatever the world has become, God is still faithful. If you do not permit your youthful age to be despised and corrupted, God will certainly be faithful to you if He can find faith and uprightness in you.

Prayer: Oh Lord, endow me the grace to overcome all the trials of my life. Merciful Father, enlighten my heart to make wise choices in order to escape the reckless errors and mistakes of the youths. Lord let me be able to apply my life to the knowledge of your word and let my life count for your glory, in Jesus name, Amen.


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