Having addressed husbands, wives and women it seems only appropriate I address the subject of young men as Scripture would put before us. We are told that young men glory in their strength (Proverbs 20:29) which today we see carried out on the fields of sport. This physical strength can also be channeled into strength of soul and spirit as 1 John 2:13-14 tells us. Perhaps that is why the Mormons find it so successful to send out their youth in two’s to carry the message of their belief to others.
These same positive characteristics of young men sadly are often led astray. King Rehoboam discovered this when he looked to the unwise counsel of young men (1 Kings 12:8-14) for his decisions. This same unwise counsel comes because with youth is often unbridled passion easily led astray (Proverbs 7:7-23) and impatience as shown in the example Christ shared in the words of Luke 15:12-13.
What then do young men need to remain on the right path. The path God would have them travel. Most importantly they need God’s Word (Psalm 119:9). Until you fully surrender, as the rich young ruler was advised by Christ (Matthew 19:20-22) to do, guided by The Word, your life will be one of struggling. As the Wisdom of Solomon shares in Proverbs 1:4, young men need this knowledge from God and to live out lives of discretion accordingly. This sober mindedness Titus speaks of (2:6) will build a young man into the person any parent and most especially God would want him to be. A REAL GENTLEMAN.
THOUGHT FOR TODAY: Young men when uniting God’s Word with their years can do wonders.
DEVOTIONAL VERSE FOR TODAY: Psalm 119:9 “Young men have a special need for God’s Word”.
PRAYER FOR TODAY: Lord bring our youth to Your Word.
QUESTIONS TO THINK ABOUT:
- How can the strength of youth be a positive?
- What often leads the young to provide unwise counsel?
- What makes young men vulnerable to demonic ways?
- Define a real gentleman?