Is There Not A Young Man?

June 26, 2012

Is There Not A Young Man?

By Russell George

            The aged pastor is doing the best he can to meet the needs of his beloved flock, but his health and strength hinder him from doing what he knows needs to be done.  Some are giving ear to false religions, but he doesn’t have time or strength to help them see the truth.  Others are giving in to the ways of the world that will lead them to shame and heartache.   Others are carrying heavy burdens and are on the verge of depression, but his strength hinders him from giving them the comfort and courage they need.  He loves his sheep and feels guilty because he can’t give them the care they need.  His daily prayer is “Oh God, send a man to take my place.  Don’t let death overtake me before he arrives.”

But, is there not a man?  It appears as though the Prophet Isaiah faced a similar situation.  In Isaiah 59:16 we read “And he saw that there was no man, and wondered that there was no intercessor.”  Also in Ezequiel 22:30 we read “And I sought for a man among them, that should make up the hedge, and stand in the gap before me for the land, that I should not destroy it; but I found none.”

Where are the young men?  Aren’t any willing to surrender to the will of God?  Have they all been deceived by the philosophy that the world can offer them more than the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords?

The aged pastor has spent his life in the service of the Lord.  He can honestly say that he hasn’t missed out on any of the good things life has to offer.  He gives praise to God for the many he has been able to rescue from the broad way that leads to destruction and help them plant their feet on the path that leads to a fruitful and happy life.  He has fond memories of the many times he was called upon to share in the happy events of people’s lives; like weddings, graduations and birthday parties.  No doubt many in heaven will never forget how he took their hand and prayed for them and gave them courage and comfort when they lay at death’s door.  Many will be forever grateful to him for the comfort and direction he gave them in the dark hour of the loss of a loved one.

Over the years he invested his time in the nurture of the young people in his church.  It grieves him that only a few took to heart his spiritual counsel and went on to glorify God.  The majority threw his counsel to the wind.  Sometimes he shed tears when he heard of the heartache and shame that some were suffering because they took the broad way that leads to destruction.  He had great hopes for them, but their life is just a sad story of what could have been otherwise had they taken heed to Biblical counsel.

Young man, what is your life?  The Bible, in James 4:14 says “It is even a vapor, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away.”  That aged pastor has no regrets about the way he lived his life.  You won’t either if you let the Lord direct your way.  Your life will never be a sad story of what could have been otherwise.  Perhaps God wants to use you to answer the prayers of some aged pastor who is praying that death will not overtake him before a young man steps in to take the oversight of his beloved flock.  “And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect will of

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