*Hear God’s Word, Obey and Serve Your Generation*
Deacon Stephen Nyamekye
Thursday, July 14, 2016
In the same house that Samuel was serving, the sons of Eli were misbehaving. In the midst of sin, the young Samuel was able to choose what was right. The world as predator is seeking the lives of our youth as prey.
For maximum impact in any endeavor, the youth have to be employed. Hence, the world has targeted the youth even in the church because it wants to snatch them from the hands of God for its own purposes. It was in a situation like this that Samuel found himself. At that time, when women come to the house of God, the sons of Eli, Hophni and Phinehas, slept with them.
The challenges the youth face today call for prayer. Many parents don’t really know their children. However, we are stewards of the people we live with, including the youth.
What made Samuel special was that after Hannah had sent him to minister before the Lord, she visited him regularly. We should visit our children in school to ensure they are adhering to our upbringing.
As youth, we should let our lights shine wherever we find ourselves. We should let the foundation of Christ in us show forth. The gift of God comes upon us when we separate ourselves. Had Samuel not separated himself, God would not have called upon him when Hophni and Phinehas had gone astray.
With the help of the Holy Spirit, we can attain the high standards of our faith.
The youth is faced with the issue of choice. One thing is said in the church and another is said out there in the world. But we must be guided by the word of God. Our lives must begin with God. For example, when the world is singing the praises of divorce, we must go back to our foundation which is the word of God.
Our faith must be sincere.
David prayed for Solomon before he died. (1 Chronicles 29.19) Job also prayed regularly for his children. (Job 1.5) We must pray for our children. If the foundations be destroyed, what can the righteous do? When our youth go astray, what can we do?
Only a little power inserted at the right place in a dam will bring the whole dam down. The youth may not commit the “great” sins but we must be careful of the small ones that threaten to bring the whole structure down. By prayer, we can preserve our youth.