We who preach and write, do so in a manner different from which the Scriptures have been written. We write while we make progress. We learn something new every day. We speak as we still knock for understanding...If anyone criticizes me when I have said what is right, he does me an injustice. But I would be more angry with the one who praises me and takes what I have written for Gospel truth than I would be with the one who criticizes me unfairly. -Augustine

A Youthful Yoke, Part 3

Yesterday we discussed the importance of allowing young adults to experience the consequences of their actions. In fact, we posited that Scripture teaches that suffering is a necessary part of the normal maturing process.

But during times of intense suffering, teens often build emotional walls, thus delaying the lessons they could be learning. Hosea hits the nail on the head when it comes to the reason that adolescents (and adults) fail to experience the transition from despair to hope. He writes,

“And they do not cry to Me from their heart when they wail upon their beds.” (Hosea 7:14)

God desires for us to cry out to Him, to take off our masks, and pour our heart out to Him. He will hear and He will act. God bruises that He might heal. He injures in order to restore.

In his darkest hour, Jeremiah has hope. Being convinced of God’s goodness, he pens these immortal words:

“It is of the LORD’s mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not.

They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness.

The LORD is my portion, says my soul; therefore will I hope in him.

The LORD is good unto them that wait for him, to the soul that seeks him.”

(Lamentations 3:22-25)

God allows Jeremiah to feel pain so that he can experience Him as the One who can meet his deepest needs. Only in the midst of his pain can Jeremiah experience the resurrection power of God’s restorative compassion and grace. He has experienced it before and can count on it again for his present difficulties–for His mercies never fail, and neither does His love!

Young people–and adults–need to learn, especially in this unraveling economy, that there is one thing that you can bank on–God’s love never fails. Maybe it is time to consider opening an account today.

Published in: on February 25, 2011 at 7:28 pm  Comments (1)  

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