Who is among you that feareth the Lord, that obeyeth the voice of his servant, that walketh in darkness, and hath no light? let him trust in the name of the Lord, and stay upon his God. Isaiah 50:10.
There are many youth who walk in darkness, and have no light….
The Lord’s hand has been reached out in tenderest compassion and love; but they do not care to trust Him. They want to feel fully able to devise and plan for themselves…. The Lord marks out a way in which He would have them walk. He has lent them talents to be used for His glory, to do a certain work for the Master; but Satan says, “I will countermand the order of Christ. I will find another line of work for active brain and busy hands, whereby they shall serve me. I will eclipse eternal interests before this youth, and attract his mind by worldly interests…. I will bind him about with worldly allurements like the finest threads, whose power to bind will become at last like ropes of steel, and he shall be bound in my service….”
Let the youth critically examine their motives, by prayer and searching of the Scriptures, and see if their own will and inclinations do not lead away from God’s requirements….
Young men and women, inquire in your business relations, Am I where God would have me to be? … Am I in the line of my duty? The blessing of God will be upon those who are just where God’s plans would have them be. Has the Lord given you light that He requires you to do a certain work? If so, it is not safe for you to be disobedient. Let there be serious thinking on your part. Ask yourself, Am I serving my Master, Jesus Christ? Or am I pleasing myself, and failing to please God, and to bring honor to His holy name?
Do you want to change this order of things without delay? Would you choose to serve God? Then Jesus invites you to believe…. Grasp the hand of infinite power. Faith grows by exercise. Feed upon the promises; be content to rely on the simple promise of God’s Word. Wait no longer in unbelief; for you are in danger of losing your souls.
The Faith I Live By p. 323
Prayer Requests
—-Please pray for my teenaged son. God knows what is going on. Mary
—-Please pray for David urgently. Also pray for my daughter she has exams, and pray for our safety. Rosemary
—-Please pray for my mama doggie. She is due to have puppies any time now. Please pray that all goes well and she will be ok. Connie
—-A family asked me to have my church family at home pray for their 10 year old son. His name is Abinet. His family care for the church in ____ and are faithful people of the Lord. He does not communicate or seem to understand them, which makes me think he has autism. But, no matter the cause, we prayed for him and are now asking you to do the same. The Lord knows what is best, and we ask for His will to be done. The family is asking for healing, but most of all that God will help them with him. Nathan
—-update—Aunt Dorothy had a stroke and the cancer may have metastasized to her skull. They want to release her to a nursing home. Please pray that the Lord will make a way that she will be released to her own home. Jean
Dear Friends,
My grandmother rarely went to visit her friend Cora, as she lived on the other side of town. Since my grandparents did not have a car, this meant a long bus ride including a transfer at the main corners of Kalamazoo. One day when I was about 4, she decided to take me with her. Cora lived alone, and since she had no children, had many delicate figurines sitting everywhere.
As soon as she saw me, Cora did not seem overjoyed that her friend had brought a child in the house. In her mind those expensive figurines and a four-year-old just did not mix. I could feel her watching me, although she never said a word about it. The scowl on her face was enough to know what she was thinking. My grandmother, seemingly unaware of Cora’s discomfiture, suggested that I look at all the pretty things in the other room so they could visit in private.
Obediently, I wandered into the dining room and began looking at the beautiful objects she had in and on top of intricately carved wooden and glass cases. Cora need not have worried so much. I had been taught from a very early age to keep my hands behind me when I looked at something breakable. After a while, the older woman began to relax a little and enjoyed my grandmother’s visit.
Sometimes we are like Cora, but our treasure is more precious than her expensive figurines. These treasures are found in God’s Word. How often we keep them to ourselves and are silent when we should be sharing them with others. There is a battle going on—a battle with eternal consequences, yet how often we live our lives as though these treasures were exclusively ours.
Jesus never intended for us to keep the treasure of Truth to ourselves. He declares, “Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.” Matt 5:14-16 A candle shines wherever it is placed. It does not selfishly keep its light to itself, but blesses all with its ability to illuminate.
Paul admonishes, “Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine.” 2 Tim 4:2 Jesus commands, “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.” Matt 28:19-10 We may never be called to preach a sermon or go to a foreign land as a missionary, but we can let our light shine where we are. We can fulfill His command as we daily give our lives, our plans, our all to the Master.
May we allow the Holy Spirit to flow through us to all around. May we share the treasures He has given us with those who are perishing. Jesus is coming soon. May we, and those with whom we have shared the truths of His Word, soon look up and say; “Lo, this is our God; we have waited for him, and he will save us: this is the LORD; we have waited for him, we will be glad and rejoice in his salvation.” Isa 25:9

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