Why Seek God in Your Youth?
by Don E. Haney
Is there an advantage in seeking God in your youth? Why not wait until you re older, after you ve had your fun? Isn t life more FUN without the restrictions of God s laws?
I have lived in this world and experienced much in my short life. By age 15 I already lived on my own. I explored this nation from California to Florida with my friends not my parents. We lived on the road and slept wherever we happened to park. By the age of 16, I had already done a lot of playing , this worlds style. There was never a dull moment. Fun? Yeah, some of it. Painful? YOU BET VERY PAINFUL! My life was going nowhere fast until I turned to God. I enjoyed the freedom for a few years often homeless but I came to realize by the age of 17 my life was hanging in the balance. I was physically fatherless, but when God became my Father, my life really began to change. Then my life became RICH and filled with REAL MEANING, REAL EXCITEMENT, and REAL FUN. I was now filled with purpose and HOPE! I went from despair to LIFE! Anyone who says this world has more fun to offer than a life with God has no idea what they are talking about! My young friends; answer God s calling when you are yet young, and leave the pain and scars for those less fortunate.
Daniel was a man who turned to God in his youth, as were the three young men, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-
David tells us: You, through Your commandments, make me wiser than my enemies; for they are ever with me. I have more understanding than all my teachers, for Your testimonies are my meditation. I understand more than the ancients, because I keep Your precepts. (Ps 119:98-
This was also the source of wisdom for Daniel and his 3 friends. God s ways are very cool indeed! They make you SMARTER than your enemies and SMARTER than the godless teachers of this world. Daniel and his teenage friends became the friends of God. God loved Daniel and his three friends and protected them from the machinations of their enemies, throughout their long lives. Daniel served and outlived several kings. In his 80 s, Daniel s life was still RICH, because he continued to walk with God. God always protected and blessed Daniel, while those around him continued to live like slaves.
Have you come to realize that real life, real joy, real accomplishment, real love, the most meaningful relationships and best friends, the most exciting life is a walk with God? Or do you think you know a better way? Do you need to wait until you are older to begin your walk with God? Did you know David was a teenager between 16 and 18 when he slew Goliath? Before that, God empowered David to kill a bear and a lion with his hands. (1 Sam.17:34-
How old will you be before you see that what this world has to offer PALES in significance to what God can do with your life? How much pain and wasted time will it take for you to realize that the fun and excitement yes the SMART thing to do is turn to God in your youth?
Ps 111:10 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: a good understanding have all they that do his commandments: his praise endureth for ever. (KJV)
Be smart, and turn to God while you are young, like Timothy did. (1 Tim.4:12 & 2 Tim.3:15) Remember, Esau rejected God and then thought he could repent at his convenience. But God rejected him for treating his heritage and opportunity as a small thing, and called him a profane. (Heb.12:15-