WHERE ARE THEY?
The older we get the more prone we are to think about the “Old Days”. I used to hate it when “old folks” did that! Now I find myself doing the same. Frankly “the good old days” were not always so good. I’m glad some things have changed. But, there are some things I really do miss. One of the things I miss most is seeing people with an insatiable appetite for God’s word. I don’t mean that there are no such people today, but clearly there are not nearly as many.
I can remember when there were a lot of folks who truly had a hunger and thirst for the Word of God. They just couldn’t get enough of it. They were like little birds crying to be fed. They would spend hours studying the Bible and asked one question after another. I miss that. In this fun-loving, pleasure-seeking, self-centered society today you seldom find people like that. I wonder why? The Bible hasn’t changed and man’s basic needs are the same today as they were a thousand years ago. The Bible is as relevant today as it was back then.
To my mind, there is nothing more exciting than to be in a room filled with young folks who want to dig deep into the word. It’s thrilling to watch them grow in faith and listen to them talk about facing the challenges of Christian service. We used to expect that from new Christians, but times have changed. I’m not smart enough to figure out why things are so different or exactly what to do about it, but I sure miss those days.
Maybe it would help if we made it clear that what we see today is not the norm. Any normal healthy Christian will have an appetite for God’s Word. Those who don’t are not just headed for trouble, they are already in trouble – and they need to know it. We don’t do them any favor by pretending that all is well. Spiritual growth is impossible without the nourishment of God’s Word. The sooner people learn that the better off they will be. We hear a lot of talk about love for God but when it comes time to study His Word most of these folks are no where to be found. I wonder –Where are they?