Tuesday: 15th September, 2020

Luke 7:14 And he came and touched the bier: and they that bare him stood still. And he said, Young man, I say unto thee, Arise.

One word catches my attention in the  ‘young man’. Youth is a state of freshness, newness and vigour; usually associated with a lack or maturity. Being young, is a sign that there is room to grow, room to mature and a chance to gain some experiences. ‘Death’ on the other hand refers to an end to ‘something’ – to life, a phase or even a project.

So when Jesus encounters the widow with a young dead son, he felt pity, approached the pallbearers and raised him up. We could say that from the situation under observation, based on the classification of the he stage of life this man was at, Jesus could have told him the moment he rose”Young man, there is still too much you have to do, too much you have to learn. There is still a long way for you to go and now is not the time for you to bow out”

Our youth is a precious gift that has been given to us hence why it is written “keep your creator in mind while you are still young’. It is true that when our young years are affected by some of the harsh realities of life, our older days are impacted. Therefore, God has also entered the searching business, intent on catching us young. Because as the young man in today’s Gospel was snatched back from the Jaws of death because he had work to do, so do we.

Beloved, it is true that God wants our youth, but mind you, He is not the only one.


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