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So now that you are a grown-up

I thought recently as I was praying for the young people of our present generation that as they grow up young people have natural desire to be independent. They display that very early in their desire to feed themselves even though they make a total mess doing so.

Several of my grandchildren are now over eighteen years old and legally are responsible for their own decisions. My prayer for them, along with other Christian young people, is that they would not allow their “independence” to be just self-reliance that says, “I am an adult and no longer a child. I am responsible for my own decisions and actions.” I pray that they would understand that along with the responsibility of making their own decisions comes the consequences for every decision we make. I have asked God to help them understand that the farther from God’s plan they turn the worse the consequences will be.

The one thing that we often forget is that we reap more than we sow. Galatians 6:7- 9 says, “Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting. And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.

When David did not seek counsel from God and made bad choices, the consequences were four times as bad as the wrong he did. He remembered too late that doing wrong has dire consequences.

While the Proverbs of Solomon were written for everyone, it is especially important for young people to learn that they can trust God’s Word to give advice. When the do, they will have the security of knowing that if they follow that advice they will be making the right choices.

Proverbs 3:1-6 My son, forget not my law; but let thine heart keep my commandments: For length of days, and long life, and peace, shall they add to thee. Let not mercy and truth forsake thee: bind them about thy neck; write them upon the table of thine heart: So shalt thou find favour and good understanding in the sight of God and man. Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.

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