Allot of times young people get themselves into trouble because they are bored. I think as parents, grandparents, youth leaders, and Pastors we could do allot to help them from becoming. Let’s think of some things that they could do to keep busy, especially as spring and summer approach.
The following quote from an American Judge who works with youth could be helpful. I found this quote on a teacher’s class room door in a local school in my area. Not sure who the judge is, but it’s a good lesson.
“Always we hear the cry from Teenagers, ‘what can we do, where can we go?’ My answer is this; Go home, mow the lawn, wash the windows, learn to cook, build a raft, get a job, visit the sick, study your lessons and after you’ve finished, read a book. Your town does not owe you recreational facilities and your parents do not owe you fun.
The world does not owe you a living, you owe the world something. You owe it your time, energy and talent so that not one will be at war, in sickness and lonely again. In other words grow up and stop being a cry baby, get out of your dream world and develop a backbone not a wishbone. Start behaving like a responsible person. You are important and you are needed. It’s too late to sit around and wait for somebody to do something someday. Someday is now and that somebody is you!”
King David certainly didn’t have the Kingdom of Israel handed to him. Of course, God had promised, and it was certainly going to come to pass, but that didn’t mean it would be easy.
After David faced the giant Goliath he became the most famous young man in Israel! Wow, everyone knew who David was and they loved him! Except for King Saul. A destructive seed of jealousy had begun to germinate in his heart and it was about to grow out of control.
Here is a short list of some things David faced during the time between slaying Goliath and becoming King:
- King Saul literally tried to kill him with a javelin. (twice) 1 Sam 18-19
- Challenged by Saul to kill 100 Philistines to win the Kings daughter (he actually killed 200, and can you imagine a father-in-law like that!) 1 Sam 18
- King Saul sends his troops to hunt for David to kill him. 1 Sam 19
- David, the champion of Israel, is forced to seek asylum from a foreign king. 1 Sam 21
- David literally hid in a cave for fear of his life. 1 Sam 22
- David had to seek shelter for his parents in Moab. 1 Sam 22
- He felt responsible for the death of the Priests of the Lord. 1 Sam 21-22
- David still fought for his country against the Philistines at Keilah. 1 Sam 23
- Those David rescued at Keilah sought to betray him to Saul. 1 Sam 23
- He suffered the loss of his chief spiritual leader, Samuel. 1 Sam 25
- David and his men sought refuge again with their enemies. 1 Sam 27
- His own family was kidnapped, nearly killed, and his possessions were lost at Ziklag. 1 Sam 30
- Finally, David is crowned King. 2 Sam 2,5
What a road of Adversity! I mean David faced unimaginable things on his path to become King. I’m sure there were times when the troubles were overwhelming, but David kept his eyes on the Lord. He trusted God through it all. David was not alone through the adversity he faced. God was with him and God had His servants there to help David. More on this next time.
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