“Sir,” Gideon replied, “if the Lord is with us, why has all this happened to us? And where are all the miracles our ancestors told us about? Didn’t they say, ‘The Lord brought us up out of Egypt’? But now the Lord has abandoned us and handed us over to the Midianites.” – Judges 6:18
Israel had gone through a few judges by the time we read of Gideon. He was a relatively unknown man at that time from the least of the men in his tribe let alone his own clan. One day God called him to be a judge over Israel and to lead them to victory over their enemies, the Midianites. When the Lord came to him, he doubted that God had chosen him to lead Israel. He typified the unbelief that circulated throughout this “new generation” of Israelites, who had never encountered the miracles God did for Israel in Egypt and in the wilderness. Gideon’s reply to the Lord demonstrated such.
It pains me to think that the generation that inherits the world after me has no real grasp of who God is. Many of the American youth today, and even around world, have no inclination as to who the real God of the universe is. They rely too much upon technology and have replaced faith with sensuality. Today’s children are more concerned with video games and drugs and sex and music to even think about a god let alone the one, true, living God, Jesus. This fact shows me that we as older believers have failed in some aspect at teaching the generation behind us that there is a God; his name is Jehovah. The greater sadness is that many of the adults, who once professed a faith in God, have followed the way of the younger generation. They, too, have abandoned faith in God for instant gratification in a consumer mentality world. We have to set aside everything that prevents us from sharing the truth of the Good News with the next group of kids growing up. The adage that we’re only one generation from not knowing God is oh so true. What are you going to do to help remedy this situation? Will you join me in educating our youth and sharing with them the reality, who is God?
Father, great and caring God of the world, you are to be praised above all else. You don’t share your glory with anyone else. I come to you today with saddened heart because I know all too well that the youth of the world barely know anything about you. They have been mesmerized with video games and electronics in phones and the Internet and other devices. They spend all their time on Facebook or some social media site sharing with one another about the trivial pursuits they call life. Some even lose themselves in the world of sex and drugs to escape the harsh realities of life. They desire to know you but won’t admit it. They look for spiritual enlightenment but don’t know where or to whom to turn to and find it. Help me to be a light in their dark world. A lamp that will illuminate the path that leads to life – Jesus! For there is only one way to you, and that path is through the cross. I want to be an effective witness and teacher of the youth of my day. They need to know about you as much as I did and those that came before me. Our youth may have heard of stories from yesteryear, but they haven’t seen an outpouring of your Spirit in their lives. They rely more on the tangible rather than faith. I would dare say that most young people don’t know what faith is. May my life be an example of how to rely on you and to live by faith and not by senses. In Jesus’ name, Amen.