Youth you are PRECIOUS - David | Daniel | Young lad
Timothy 4:12 — “Don't let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity.”
Young people are in search of their own role models, but as this quote notes, it’s important for youngsters to start building themselves up as someone worth admiring by others. Having faith, being pure and loving people is what can help you be someone to admire.
Samuel 17:42 — “And when the Philistine looked and saw David, he disdained him, for he was but a youth, ruddy and handsome in appearance.”
This comes from the story of David and Goliath, when this story took place in 1 Samuel 17 David was probably only 17 years old. We see David as an obedient son (1 Samuel 17:17-20), a brave soldier (verses 26 and 32), and, above all, a young man who fully trusted God (verses 37, 45-47). Where the youngster David slayed the giant Goliath.
It shows that no matter the size or strength, it’s possible to tackle even the most intimidating of foes with an ultimate strength of God.
Another beloved story in the Bible is in the book of Daniel. Many people would know the story of Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-nego when they were put in the fiery furnace. Even more would remember the story of Daniel in the lion’s den.
It is believed that Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-nego were cast into the fiery furnace when they were between 10 and 30 years old. They certainly were many years younger than Daniel was when he faced the lions.
However, there is another interesting story about these four young men in Daniel chapter 1. They may have only been about 8 years old when they stood up for what they believed. They were offered food and drink that were against their traditional Jewish beliefs. They had already gained favor with their captors and requested that their diet be changed to something more familiar. They stood up for their beliefs even as very young men.
The result of their decision to honor the Lord with their eating habits was that God gave them knowledge and skill in learning and wisdom (Daniel 1:17). This verse also says that Daniel was given an ability to understand dreams and visions which is basically what the rest of the book is about.
Young Lad with his lunch
Similarly, we see another story from the New Testament of a young boy who responded to a call to do something for the Savior. Christ was surrounded by a multitude of 5000 men (with no mention of how many women and children there might have been) in John 6. Jesus looked to His disciples for a solution to the problem that the multitude was hungry and that it was late in the day. Of course, Christ already knew what He was planning to do (John 6:6).
Jesus asked Philip where they would get enough bread to feed the crowd. Philip didn’t know, but doubted that it could be done with the limited resourced they had. Andrew sought for a solution. He found a young man with a meal of 5 loaves of barley bread and two small fish.
The boy could have refused to give up his lunch. He could have chosen to run away when the disciple approached him and asked if he would sacrifice his meal for Jesus. Neither Andrew nor the boy knew what Christ would do, but this boy allowed the Lord to use his little gift. He trusted Christ with his possessions even though he did not know what the outcome would be.
Jesus took the food and gave thanks to God for it. He distributed the food to the crowd, surprisingly there was plenty of food to go around. When everyone had finished eating, the disciples gathered up the food fragments and saw that there were 12 baskets full of food.
Like this little boy, we should be willing to hand over to the Lord anything that He requests from us. We may not know what He will do with it, but if we trust Him with our possessions and our lives, then He will do something wonderful like He did with this little lunch.
God is doing, and will do, a great work in everyone lives. He chooses to use people of all ages to accomplish His purposes. Just because you are young does not mean that God cannot use you in the lives of others. God uses our obedience to encourage others, and can use our words to spread the Gospel.
“Be someone that can be looked up to. Stand for what is right. Live in obedience to God and Live in a way that would give no one cause to look down on you because of your age”.