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Spirituality of Youth in the Modern Age

Gracious John
St. Andews MTC, NY

37 David said, “The Lord, who saved me from the paw of the lion and from the paw of the bear, will save me from the hand of this Philistine.” So Saul said to David, “Go, and may the Lord be with you!”

Modern day Christians face a difficult time explaining and understanding the importance of spirituality in a Christ centered life. It seems we are experts in becoming Goliath’s of our education, finances, families, and physical fitness but fall short of the greatness God has really intended for us. 

Spirituality takes trust. From a young age, David understood and knew that God was in control of his life and that only when he put his trust in the Lord, could he be certain that victory would be his. David trusted that God would be there for him when he needed it the most even when his leaders doubted to see God’s protection. How many of us rely on our own strength to sustain ourselves rather than submit to God? Do we have the trust that this shepherd boy had? 

Spirituality takes action. Here we see that no one was willing to fight the giant except a boy without any war experience. Goliath may have never fallen if David did not act on his spirituality knowing that God would watch over and guide his sling. Many of us still face the same Goliath’s day after day and feel like there is nothing to do. Instead of submitting our battles to the Lord, we are just like the Israelites who sit and allow the Philistines to have their way. Only when you act and trust in the Lord can your spirituality be meaningful.

Spirituality takes preparation and recognition. David was placed in the King’s own armor and given the finest weapons that money could by. However, David decided to trust not in his sword, but rather in the Lord. David recognized that there was a problem that needed to be solved. In the most epic of battles between men, David recognized that his strength was from the Lord and not from man-made garments. No opposing human or force can even stand against the Lord.


Dear Lord, Help us to trust in you, act for you, prepare for you, and always recognize that everything we have is from you. Help us to face injustice as David did and to never back down for your glory. In Jesus name. Amen

Are you prepared to face your Goliath today knowing your God is with you?


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