Listen to this devotional:
Proverbs 29:18a – Where there is no vision [no redemptive revelation of God], the people perish. (AMP)
I have experienced the abysmal hopelessness that can enter a heart, spirit, and soul. I have experienced believing that there is no way out and no way back to a better life. For a season, I believed that I was totally without God! In this season, I preferred to die.
Mercifully, I came to know that this was all lies from my wicked, deceitful heart — lies emphasized by the devil!
I must own my part (and I do) in my attempted separation from God. I most decidedly did choose to leave God out of my life!
Through people's prayers, and by God's precious grace, I failed spiritually!
Jeremiah 17:9b – The heart is deceitful above all things and desperately wicked. (NKJV)
According to the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention, suicide is one of the leading causes of death for young people aged 10 to 24, with approximately 11.7 percent of all deaths in the Western World being in this age group.
Unfortunately, yet quite deliberately, many young people in these recent generations are raised to believe that humans are just products of an evolutionary process. They are taught to believe that there is no God and no guiding plan or purpose for their future, and that they alone are the masters of their lives. They are taught that they are actually good and that any bad is not of their doing or choosing, but due to their culture and environment. Therefore, no personal responsibility or accountability needs to be owned by them — they are all victims.
Are we challenged sufficiently to ask where their heroes are — good, wholesome examples for them to follow, who will steer them toward present and future on-growing purposes and visions for potential fulfillment and success?
Believers know that God's Word does not teach that we are all victims, and that we are culturally diseased, dysfunctional products of godless evolution, et cetera. No! God is not the author or approver of such lies.
To the problem of youth who are dying without God, God has the answers. His answers are true, not manipulative nor beyond anyone's physical, mental, or spiritual ability when we choose to obey Him. In addition, God's answers are spiritually practical and successful. He knows what and whom He has created.
1 Timothy 2:1,3 – First of all, I encourage you to make petitions, prayers, intercessions, and prayers of thanks for all people. This is good and pleases God our Savior. (GWT – God's Word Translation)
This Scripture passage is addressed to believers.
Are we willing to be vessels of prayer and channels for our Lord God's solutions to the world's suicide problem among youth dying without God? Will we step up to the plate in intercessory prayer on their behalf, as previous generations did for us? Will we capture God's love vision? Will we do our best to live our lives in the godliest conduct we know, in order to be an example for those perishing without Him?
Our Saviour Lord said to His own, "Inasmuch as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to Me." (Matthew 25:45b NKJV)
Prayer: Yes, Lord, thank You. It is a great privilege that You call us to pray in Your name for the lost souls of this and future generations. With the help of the Holy Spirit, it is to Your glory and pleasure when we do our best to be an example for others to come and follow You. In Your ever-compassionate name, we come in prayer. Amen and Amen!