God’s Reasoning with Teens and Young Adults

“Come. Sit down. Let’s argue this out.”
This is God’s Message:
“If your sins are blood-red,
they’ll be snow-white.
If they’re red like crimson,
they’ll be like wool.
If you’ll willingly obey,
you’ll feast like kings.
But if you’re willful and stubborn,
you’ll die like dogs.”

That’s right. God says so.
Isa. 1:18-20 (The Message Bible)

Isaiah is a young man, around the age of twenty, when he utters this prophecy. His ministry is one which will span the course of some 64 years – it is a ministry founded upon these first words God spoke to him while living in Judah (which literally means “praise”). His, was a call unto the holiness of God, a promise of purity in life… resulting in the future prosperity of the saints of Israel (and much later, the entirety of God’s creation)! Isaiah’s definitive “yes-answer” to this call would sustain him throughout his 84-years on this planet!

It’s at this crucial time that God promotes both youthful exuberance & a spiritual zeal for the things of God in the young and inexperienced life of His prophet, Isaiah. The reality is that youthful exuberance by itself can be quite frightening. Coupled with proper biblical zeal for His church, youthful exuberance becomes a vehicle by which we can see the wonders of the glory of God & lives lived out with excellence in service to our King.  Isaiah’s youthful energy & his passionate drive for the Holy would flood his heart and soul as he “reasoned” with His God. This shows us that the Lord is not afraid to haggle with the youth of our day, and in the end, encourages and even demands youthful behavior that is exemplary in belief, in behavior, and in the everyday battle of life.

The truth is, (whether we like it or not), like Isaiah, the choices made in our teen years and our young adult years set the foundation on which the rest of our lives are to be built. Our parents have us during our formative years growing up, but then, there comes a time when one must begin building his/her own life making their own decisions (and hopefully our parents equipped us with the proper tools to begin that building). There comes a time when it is up to us! The buck stops here, as they say.  It’s true, the decisions we make today impact our tomorrows.  Add to that, the most important decisions in our lives tend to be made from the ages of 14 to 25 (Godly living or not, marriage. college, career, where we will live, etc…).  No wonder the Bible teaches that we need wisdom outside of ourselves. The conclusion of it all is, God’s call to the youth of our day is the same as in Isaiah’s day…

“Come let us reason together.”

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