Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Folly of the Young versus Wisdom of the Old

You hear in the news these days such sad incidents where young people have died in a car accident because of speeding, or have overdosed on drugs, or who thought life was hopeless and took their own lives, or who have thrown their unborn child in a dumpster because they didn't want to raise it alone, or who simply have dropped out of school because they didn't like it and are facing a very uncertain future. God calls such acts folly, or foolishness.

In Proverbs God compares the foolishness of the young with the wisdom that only comes from knowing the Lord and following what His word tells us is wise. Often the foolishness of the young ends up cutting their lives so short and losing the opportunity to grow older and wiser. They give up the opportunity of growing wiser with age for something spontaneous and wreckless that only gives them a very momentary thrill. How sad to me! God created them with a specific purpose in mind to bring them fulfillment, satisfaction and bring honor and glory to Him, their Creator. Instead they choose to ignore their purpose for life and throw it away so unknowingly, so wrecklessly.

Here are some Proverbs that speak to this issue:

"The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding. For through me your days will be many, and years will be added to your life. If you are wise, your wisdom will reward you; if you are a mocker, you alone will suffer." (Proverbs 9:10-12)

"The fear of the Lord adds length to life, but the years of the wicked are cut short." (Proverbs 10:27)

"For the waywardness of the simple will kill them, and the complacency of fools will destroy them; but whoever listens to Me will live in safety and be at ease, without fear of harm." (Proverbs 1:32-33)

"My son, do not forget my teaching, but keep my commands in your heart, for they will prolong your life many years and bring you prosperity." (Proverbs 3:1)

Please pray for our young people today that they might see the foolishness of their ways and seek the wisdom from the Lord that promises them long life and prosperity!


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