August 23, 2020 by Kgalalelo
I had a conversation with one of my friends talking about the rising generation and the challenges that most young adults are facing. There is so much pressure especially from the females to get married and start families. When I observe, this starts usually from the ages of eighteen in my community when most young women start dating, and once they hit the twenties that’s when the pressure begins to escalate.
Some end up in relationships that are not godly or good for them and find it difficult to listen to good counsel. Some think that they are being restricted if they are reprimanded by their elders. These are real life issues and we need to converge in prayer as believers and help the young women as well as young men to hold on to God and trust that the right husbands or wives will come at the right time.
I visited one of the establishments in the city where social grants where being paid and was shocked to see quite a number of young people queuing to receive the social grant and some even pregnant. It was hard to comprehend and I honestly didn’t have peace about it. As much as we can justify that circumstances are different but I couldn’t stop but wonder if they had dreams of their own and to succeed in something one day.
There are many scriptures in the Bible about waiting on God and this is one area that we need to encourage young adults to do and to stand with them, teach them as much as we can. This is no time to give up no matter how many seminars they have been to, sermons they have heard or listened to even the advises they have been given.
It is difficult to listen to a parent crying about certain lifestyles that some of their children are living because they have abandoned God. Some are blaming themselves that perhaps they didn’t raise them well while in truth they have. We cannot decide for our children when they reach a certain age but prayer and good counsel goes a long way. Proverbs 22:6 says, “Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it”.
When we teach our children the ways of God, even when the storms of life sweeps some of them away, they will be under the covering as we carry them in our bosoms in prayer and they will surely deny the wrong path and return home. The Bible gives us the parable of the Prodigal son who did exactly that. He chose a different path, took the wealth bestowed upon him by his father but soon enough, the riches disappeared and so were the friends and he was left with nothing but to return to his father’s house with a heart full of repentance.
The world taught him a painful lesson that could have been avoided had he stayed home and obeyed. Others are not so fortunate to return unscathed hence we need to cover them in prayer and plead the blood of Jesus upon their lives. As the church of Christ, each child belongs to all of us. An African proverb says that it takes a village to raise a child which remains true to this day.
In Mark 11:22-24, Jesus says, “Have faith in God,” Jesus answered. 23 “Truly I tell you, if anyone says to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea,’ and does not doubt in their heart but believes that what they say will happen, it will be done for them. Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.
As believers, we should never lose heart because at the right time, God will come through for us. In Matthew 9:36-38, we learn that, “Jesus went throughout all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom and healing every disease and every affliction. When he saw the crowds, he had compassion for them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.”
Jesus was full of compassion and He understood the challenges of life and the same trials that people went through two thousand years ago, are the very same ones that we go through today. Solomon says in Ecclesiastes 1:9-10, “What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again; there is nothing new under the sun. Is there anything of which one can say, “Look! This is something new”? It was here already, long ago; it was here before our time”.
When you find yourself on this day struggling to get things right with your child, be it a teenager of a young adult, don’t grow weary. Jesus says in Matthew 11:29-30, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light”.
Let us pray together and trust God for our children, young and old, girls and boys alike, male and female alike because both experience the challenges of life.
“The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly”. John 10:10
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Kgalalelo Saane Mphephuka
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