Merging young and old

Even for young people, sometimes the world spins too fast and running cannot catch you up. I found comfort in this song (yes, it is slightly ironic).

Bless the Lord, O my soul,
    and all that is within me,
    bless his holy name!
Bless the Lord, O my soul,
    and forget not all his benefits,
who forgives all your iniquity,
    who heals all your diseases,
who redeems your life from the pit,
    who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy,
who satisfies you with good
    so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.”

Psalm 103:1-5. 

Steadfast love is the repeating phrase in this song…God loves, and loves, and loves. That is good news for us. It is good news for young ones like me as we look ahead to a busy week in a busy life: God will be there all the way through!

In 1 Timothy 4 Paul was talking to young Timothy about his lifestyle in the church. He was a young leader. And there were older ones who taught opposite things. It was confusing. Paul gave him direction:

“… who forbid marriage and require abstinence from foods that God created to be received with thanksgiving by those who believe and know the truth. For everything created by God is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with thanksgiving, for it is made holy by the word of God and prayer.”

Oh, but that could make some waves! How would confrontation work for a young pastor? Paul urged Timothy to show his focus on God, make it public, and train for godliness.

12 Let no one despise you for your youth, but set the believers an example in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, in purity. 13 Until I come, devote yourself to the public reading of Scripture, to exhortation, to teaching.”

Scripture was the Old Testament, and maybe some of the new writings from those who knew Jesus and were involved in beginning the church. But with Jesus’ coming, there were new views on the old truths. Old and new, young and old, new views on old ways, old ways proved true again. The same truths about God, seen in new ways. Coming back to Scripture, reading another section, training to know God’s heart for people, and driven by His love. People will fight it, spinning off with the world. But thank God, Jesus is the same yesterday, today, and forever (Hebrews 13)!

God, my world is spinning, and I am young and do not understand it all. Thank You for older people teaching me, and for how Your steadfast love renews me again and again. God, thank You for community, and how You bring truth to light through young and old brothers and sisters in Christ. Please help me be humble to listen and learn, and bold to speak truth, always coming back to the Rock of Salvation! To You be the glory! Amen.

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