I am blessed to know a number of really fine young men, quite a few of which are on the mailing list for these devotionals. I trust you all know who you are, and lest I omit someone worthy of mention, I'll refrain from naming names. But again, you all know who you are.
"I have written unto you, young men, because ye are strong and the Word of God abideth in you, and ye have overcome the wicked one" (I John 2:14).
It is a wonderful thing for an older man to know younger men you seek to emulate. I have long said about my son Noah that I want to be more like him. I feel the same about so many others of his generation. Certainly we elders (not elderly!) hope to provide some mentoring, based on experience. However, when men of my generation can benefit from the example, encouragement, and exhortation of younger men, it adds a richness of blessing that fills our hearts with hope for days to come regarding God's purposes and work. I feel that hope, again, based on so many I am blessed to know and who I also consider dear friends.
The world grows darker in many ways, as Scripture prophesied of the days in which we live (II Timothy 3:1-5). However, God's "true light" shines all the more brightly against the backdrop of increasing apostasy (John 1:9). Based on the young men I know, much confidence fills my heart that they will acquit themselves well in the challenges to come. Far more, they will honor the Lord they love, trust, obey, and seek to communicate to their world. Godspeed, gentlemen, and thank you for the encouragement and challenge your strength and devotion to God and His Word provide to my heart. I am forever grateful for all of you.
"The glory of young men is their strength… Be strong in the Lord, and in the power of His might."
(Proverbs 20:29; Ephesians 6:10)
Weekly Memory Verse
"As it is written, He that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord."
(I Corinthians 1:31)