Yesterday I listened to an excerpt from a message from Paul Washer and it got me thinking. He was particularly addressing young people on how they can stand in these times and in the times to come, he also expressed his concerns about the state of things with young people.
1 Corinthians 7:26
I suppose therefore that this is good for the present distress, I say, that it is good for a man so to be.
In the above passage, the Apostle Paul haven recognized the current challenge that assailed the Corinthians, gave them counsel on what they ought to do.
It then follows, that for us to be well aligned and prepared to thrive in our generation and to advance the course of the kingdom of God in our days, discernment is critical. An understanding of the times.
I realize that most of us do not perceive the broad strokes of the times that we live in, neither do we recognize the proper disposition required. Our sense of vigilance and alertness has been traded for a relaxed disposition, a fainted state, and dulled senses.
We are becoming like men bowing the knee to drink water. I’m worried that our generation is being short-changed, we are trained to be weak, men of shaky convictions, and absent resolve. I worry that our rank and file are being beguiled, quietly our convictions and values are being eroded. The secret place has been replaced by other things. Secret prayers have become old-fashioned.
In light of this present distress, I wonder if I am prepared to stand, withstand, and have done all…I can stand, therefore.
In light of this present distress, I hear the Apostle Paul saying:
2 Timothy 2:1
Thou therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus.
We must be strong in grace, we must exert ourselves.
My beloved friends, the glory of young men is their strength. A young man without strength, is a tragic thing, for he is lacking a core component of what makes him what he is.
How then can we become prepared in light of this present distress?
We consider this subsequently. Join me on this search.