Some Young People Living Today Will Never Be Senior Citizens

January 31, 2015

                                   Some Young People Living Today Will Never Be Senior Citizens

                                     This article was written by Pastor Humberto Ale in Paraguay.

                                                         It was translated by Russell George

I want to begin this article by asking young people a question. How long do you want to live? You must understand that the number of years you live depends in great measure on the life style you chose to live. If your life style includes habit forming drugs and other things that put you in danger that must be factored into your longevity.

God has given you freedom of will. You may not agree with me, but what I’m going to share with you is based on God’s Word. Our God makes no mistakes, so it’s best that we give serious consideration to what he says. What I’m going to say is also based on the facts of recent history. Facts aren’t something to be argued with either.

One reason why some young people don’t live long enough to be senior citizens is that they die young. They die young because of foolish things they do like living in rebellion, and following the advice of others. These will also die young, if they haven’t already died. Can’t you believe it? All we have to do is listen to the news and we will find out that young people are dying every day. Countless others choose to take their life because they have gotten themselves into an impossible situation and don’t see any way out. The following are some reasons why young people sometimes die young.

They don’t reach old age because they don’t respect their parents. Deuteronomy 27:16 says, “Cursed be he that setteth light by his father or his mother. And all the people shall say, Amen.” The words “setteth light” in that verse mean to esteem lightly. Parents don’t always give good advice to their children, but it is nearly always better advice than what they get from their peers. Parents love their children and want the best for them. If young people refuse to accept the advice of their parents, they certainly won’t have their blessing, and even less the blessing of God. If they don’t have convictions about right and wrong they will give into their selfish desires.

Rebellious young people bring hardship and shame upon their parents. Sometimes they talk back to them. They even attack them physically and hurt them physically and emotionally. Some of us can look back with shame on the way we treated our parents

Some young people don’t reach senior citizenship because they never learned to respect and follow the example of their parents. Proverbs 2:1-5 says, “My son, if thou wilt receive my words, and hide my commandments with thee;  So that thou incline thine ear unto wisdom, and apply thine heart to understanding;  Yea, if thou criest after knowledge, and liftest up thy voice for understanding;  If thou seekest her as silver, and searchest for her as for hid treasures; Then shalt thou understand the fear of the LORD, and find the knowledge of God.”

Young people, you need to realize that your parents didn’t receive what they have on a silver platter. Most of them had to work for it. There was a time when they stood where you stand now. They followed the example of their parents and choose to get an education and work hard. They made many sacrifices. It may be that the clothes they wore were purchased at second hand stores. Many times their meals were nothing but rice and beans. You need to appreciate what they did and learn from them.

Some young people will never be senior citizens because they never learned to submit to authority. Proverbs 30:17 says, “The eye that mocketh at his father, and despiseth to obey his mother, the ravens of the valley shall pick it out, and the young eagles shall eat it.”

Respect for authority needs to begin at home. It may be that your parents are at fault because they failed to teach you to respect their authority. If so, one failure doesn’t justify a second failure. Your future success in life depends on your willingness to respect authority. Some young people die young because they don’t respect the authority of the police. They are given the right to kill you if you don’t respect them. Others fail to get an education because they didn’t respect their teachers. Some lose their jobs because they don’t respect their employer.

Parents aren’t perfect. I’m sure yours aren’t either. Never the less, you owe a debt of gratitude to them if they have stayed together and supported you until this day. It may be that your mother went to the border of death to bring you into this world. Your father worked hard to be able to feed you, put clothes on your back, and put a roof over your head. You owe it to them to respect and obey them. Exodus 21:15, 17 says, “And he that smiteth his father, or his mother, shall be surely put to death. And he that curseth his father, or his mother, shall surely be put to death.”

How long do you want to live? How well you learn the lessons you need to be learning now will determine, not only how long you live, but also the quality of life you will have.

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