It is always a blessing and inspiring to see young people serving the Lord! The desire to serve others is only increased when our youth live with such dedication and faithfulness.
David and Goliath
David was a young man of about 17 years of age, that was obedient to his father, was a fearless soldier, but most importantly, was a servant that fully trusted in the Lord.
His father sent him with provisions to his brothers who were soldiers in the Israelite army, that was fighting against the Philistines. When he arrived, he overheard Goliath, a giant, in the enemy’s camp, blaspheming God and was angry that the Israelites had not done anything to destroy him.
He presented himself to King Saul, offering to fight Goliath one on one, with the best way he knew how. Since he’d conquered bears and lions with his bare hands and a sling, he was unaccustomed to fighting with traditional weapons, which were unproven to him, so he had faith that he would be able to kill the giant, in the same manner that he had in the past.
He took 5 smooth stones out of the brook and placed them in his bag along with the sling, approaching Goliath. The Philistine was offended at the site of the youth and cursed David, telling him that he would feed him to the fowls of the air and the beasts of the field. David rebuked him, stating that although the giant came to him with a sword, spear and shield, that he came to him in the name of the Lord, the God of the armies of Israel, whom he had defiled, and that the Lord would deliver him unto his hands.
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1 Samuel 17:49-51
49 And David put his hand in his bag, and took thence a stone, and slang it, and smote the Philistine in his forehead, that the stone sunk into his forehead; and he fell upon his face to the earth.
50 So David prevailed over the Philistine with a sling and with a stone, and smote the Philistine, and slew him; but there was no sword in the hand of David.
51 Therefore David ran, and stood upon the Philistine, and took his sword, and drew it out of the sheath thereof, and slew him, and cut off his head therewith. And when the Philistines saw their champion was dead, they fled.
David wholly trusted in the Lord, despite his circumstances. He never allowed himself to see what was before him, as men would, but to see the possibilities if only he’d entrust his life to God of all Creation.
Joseph and Potiphar’s Wife
Joseph was sold into slavery by his brothers that were envious of his relationship with their father. He was taken to Egypt where Potiphar, an officer of Pharaoh, captain of the guard, bought him from the hands of the Ishmeelites. Since Joseph trusted in the Lord, he was used by God for His purpose and found grace in the home of his master, who made him overseer of his house, along with all that he owed.
Unfortunately, Joseph was the victim of Potiphar’s wife’s wiles, as she sought him for her sinful desires. Joseph denied her wicked advances, time and again, explaining that he would not sin against his Master or his God. One day, she grabbed him by his garment and as he fled, he left his garment behind, prompting her to concoct an accusation of ill intent on his part. She accused him of trying to lie with her and was thrown into prison, wrongfully.
20 And Joseph’s master took him, and put him into the prison, a place where the king’s prisoners were bound: and he was there in the prison.
21 But the Lord was with Joseph, and shewed him mercy, and gave him favour in the sight of the keeper of the prison.
22 And the keeper of the prison committed to Joseph’s hand all the prisoners that were in the prison; and whatsoever they did there, he was the doer of it.
23 The keeper of the prison looked not to any thing that was under his hand; because the Lord was with him, and that which he did, the Lord made it to prosper.
Despite being wrongfully and cruelly accused, in spite of being loyal to his master, Joseph maintained his faithfulness to God. It never waivered! In the end, he was used in an even mightier way to save not only his people, but his family, whom reconciled with him after years of separation.
Little Maid of Israel
Naaman was captain of the host, of the king of Israel and he was a mighty, honourable man, filled with valour, and because of him, the Lord had delivered Syria. Unfortunately, he was also a leper.
A little, Israeli maid had been brought to Naaman’s wife, against her will, to wait on her. The little maid said this in reference to God’s prophet, Elisha:
2 Kings 5:3
3 And she said unto her mistress, Would God my lord were with the prophet that is in Samaria! for he would recover him of his leprosy.
Naaman trusted the words of this young lady, and therefore sought his healing in searching for this Godly man.
2 Kings 5:9-15
9 So Naaman came with his horses and with his chariot, and stood at the door of the house of Elisha.
10 And Elisha sent a messenger unto him, saying, Go and wash in Jordan seven times, and thy flesh shall come again to thee, and thou shalt be clean.
11 But Naaman was wroth, and went away, and said, Behold, I thought, He will surely come out to me, and stand, and call on the name of the Lord his God, and strike his hand over the place, and recover the leper.
12 Are not Abana and Pharpar, rivers of Damascus, better than all the waters of Israel? may I not wash in them, and be clean? So he turned and went away in a rage.
13 And his servants came near, and spake unto him, and said, My father, if the prophet had bid thee do some great thing, wouldest thou not have done it? how much rather then, when he saith to thee, Wash, and be clean?
14 Then went he down, and dipped himself seven times in Jordan, according to the saying of the man of God: and his flesh came again like unto the flesh of a little child, and he was clean.
15 And he returned to the man of God, he and all his company, and came, and stood before him: and he said, Behold, now I know that there is no God in all the earth, but in Israel: now therefore, I pray thee, take a blessing of thy servant.
Naaman was moved by the little maid’s faith in Elisha, but more importantly by God. In heeding to her advice and seeking God’s prophet, he received his healing from leprosy! What an awesome testimony by this young lady, whose life is generally unknown, but what little we know of her, says more about her faithfulness than most of us can strive for!
Daniel, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego
Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babylon built a gold statue that he wanted people to bow down to and worship. For those that refused, he had threatened to throw into the fiery furnace. He was brought to the attention that Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego did not regard his call to worship the golden image and in his kindled anger, cast them into the fiery furnace when they were between 10 and 30 years of age.
When they were younger they had already showed themselves to be boys of conviction for they had rejected the king’s meat that had not been cooked in the traditional Jewish way. Despite only eating herbs and water, their countenance was fairer and fatter than the children that had consumed the meat. They proved to their captors that their God was one of faithfulness to His stewards.
17 As for these four children, God gave them knowledge and skill in all learning and wisdom: and Daniel had understanding in all visions and dreams.
Isn’t this what we all strive for? What a beautiful testimony from such young men!
Young Lad with 5 Loaves and 2 Fish
Jesus went to the sea of Galilee and was followed by a great multitude for they saw numerous miracles on those who were diseased. He went up to the mountain with his disciples, while passover, the feast of the Jews, was nigh. When he turned back to the crowd, he saw that the crowd had grown and that there were many that had to be fed. He asked Philip how they would all be fed and Philip doubted that they could, for it would be a costly task. They then came across a young lad with 5 loaves and 2 fish, which freely gave of his gift to the Lord.
When they finally sat down, 5000 men were counted amongst the multitude, not taking women and children into account. The large group was fed, and they gathered the left overs and filled 12 baskets full.
10 And Jesus said, Make the men sit down. Now there was much grass in the place. So the men sat down, in number about five thousand.
11 And Jesus took the loaves; and when he had given thanks, he distributed to the disciples, and the disciples to them that were set down; and likewise of the fishes as much as they would.
12 When they were filled, he said unto his disciples, Gather up the fragments that remain, that nothing be lost.
13 Therefore they gathered them together, and filled twelve baskets with the fragments of the five barley loaves, which remained over and above unto them that had eaten.
14 Then those men, when they had seen the miracle that Jesus did, said, This is of a truth that prophet that should come into the world.
This young boy entrusted his meal to the Lord, not knowing what He would do with it. As a result, he saw a great miracle that not only fed himself, but all of those that had followed the Lord, not to mention all that was left over to feed even more souls.
Don’t these young people inspire you as well, to be all that you can be? If we entrust in the Lord, always, despite our circumstances, there is nothing that is impossible, for He is truly faithful! Never count on your own abilities, but depend on Him, wholly!