Today’s reading: Psalm 119; Proverbs 31
Psalm 119:42, “So shall I have wherewith to answer him that reproacheth me: for I trust in thy word.”
I will be teaching the teen Sunday School class in a week and a half. In order to better prepare for this I asked a teenager that is very close to us what would be some topics that I should address to help them in their walk with Christ. The answer came back as follows:
1.) Teenagers need to understand their need for God (they cannot do it on their own).
2.) Teenagers need to be reminded of the goodness of God (He does not always judge).
I was very grateful for these answers. I know that the teenager that I asked about this really thought about it and has given me a great answer. I was thrilled to receive it. Now comes that part that gets a little more difficult. Putting it all together could make or break our time together and my influence upon them. God knows.
Let’s take a look at these two things. First, teenagers need to understand their need for God (they cannot do it on their own). I know many times in my life I have found myself in this very place. I feel self sufficient and able to conquer whatever life throws at me. Yeah, right. Then I have found myself in a position where I could not do whatever it was on my own and then I learn that I cannot do it alone. Look at Psalm 119:71-72, “It is good for me that I have been afflicted; that I might learn thy statutes. The law of thy mouth is better unto me than thousands of gold and silver.” These afflictions are to show us that we are not capable of dealing with it all on our own. In other words, we need God! See the words of John 15:5, “I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.” That is pretty straight forward.
Secondly, teenagers need to know the goodness of God (He does not always judge us). The truth is that God is the Supreme Judge and you cannot avoid that. He knows our ins and outs. He knows when we sin and when we do right. He is not some super supreme ogre sitting in heaven waiting for us to sin so He can pound us into the ground with His fist. This is a grossly wrong view of God. He is love. We all know John 3:16, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” You cannot better prove God’s love and goodness than right here in this verse. He loved and He gave His life for us that we might live. Thank you Jesus!
If we know Jesus Christ as our personal Lord and Saviour then we too can say as the writer says in Psalm 119:98-100, “Thou through thy commandments hast made me wiser than mine enemies: for they are ever with me. I have more understanding than all my teachers: for thy testimonies are my meditation. I understand more than the ancients, because I keep thy precepts.” God and His word will become very precious to us. Look at Psalm 119:114, “Thou art my hiding place and my shield: I hope in thy word.” We also will have a deeper desire for God. Look at Psalm 119:131, “I opened my mouth, and panted: for I longed for thy commandments.”
What is your view of God? Are you seeking Him with your whole heart? Sure about that?