Hi there from Fort Gibson, Oklahoma! In only a few days, 2021 highschool graduations will probably be going down all throughout the nation, marking the very first main crossroads for these strolling the stage. So many selections to make. So many instructions to think about.
It’s of best significance that younger Christian graduates perceive their lives will go a lot smoother if the religious journey comes first, as a result of when God is on the prime, every part else falls into place the best way it ought to. The choice of simply bringing Jesus alongside for the experience when it’s handy has by no means labored properly for anybody.
That is true relating to each single determination we make: profession, hobbies, relationships. Solomon was the wisest man who ever lived. As a younger king, he requested God for the power to discern proper from flawed. God was so impressed that younger Solomon’s request was not for wealth or energy, He gave him all of that. His knowledge was so evident, that the folks knew it had come from God (1 Kings 3:28).
The books of Proverbs and Ecclesiastes are each nice locations to begin in case you’re in search of examples of Solomon’s knowledge and recommendation on which strategy to flip at life’s crossroads. Proverbs was truly written for the advantage of younger folks to make higher choices, sensible ideas for dwelling. Ecclesiastes was written to show readers the significance of respecting God and preserving His instructions as an alternative of chasing after worldly issues whereas leaving God out of the image.
Solomon stated: “Above all else, guard your coronary heart, for every part you do flows from it. Maintain your mouth freed from perversity; hold corrupt speak far out of your lips. Let your eyes look straight forward; repair your gaze immediately earlier than you. Give cautious thought to the paths on your ft and be steadfast in all of your methods. Don’t flip to the fitting or the left; hold your foot from evil.” (Proverbs 4:23-27).
There are such a lot of evil forces at work, competing for our kids’s hearts to distract them from the One who loves them most of all. In every single place they flip, our kids are fed lies that glamorize sinful language, sinful life, and objectives that result in sinful outcomes. Solomon warns in opposition to all of this, and in opposition to successes that aren’t sinful, however can injury our relationship with God or trigger another person to stumble.
“But after I surveyed all that my fingers had accomplished and what I had toiled to attain, every part was meaningless, a chasing after the wind; nothing was gained below the solar” (Ecclesiastes 2:11).
Wouldn’t it’s good if we may all simply be taught from the teachings of Solomon and keep away from the implications that include dangerous decision-making? The issue is that we’re human and we often really feel the necessity to strive issues out for ourselves. That appears to be very true for younger folks. We’ve all been there. So please be a part of me in prayer for our graduating seniors, that they might search knowledge from God to make righteous choices as they set out on their very own.
Have an excellent week!
Barrett Vanlandingham is the Youth Minister on the Fort Gibson Church of Christ. Attain him at (918) 478-2222 or firstname.lastname@example.org.