O God, You are my God; I shall seek You earnestly; My soul thirsts for You, my flesh yearns for You, In a dry and weary land where there is no water. (Psalm 63:1)
Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding
Likewise, tell the older women to be reverent in behavior, not to be slanderers or slaves to drink; they are to teach what is good, so that they may encourage the young women to love their husbands, to love their children, to be self-controlled, chaste, good managers of the household, kind, being submissive to their husbands, so that the word of God may not be discredited. ( Titus 2:3-5)
A couple of weeks ago my husband and I had an animated discussion concerning the various ‘issues’ that face our marriage and many marriages today. Then he quoted my Bible Teacher the one and only Pastor Jon Courson who said: and i parapharse “If older women would teach and walk with younger women as commanded in God’s Word they would drastically reduce the time pastors dedicate to counselling and in turn that time would be redirected to the teaching of God’s Word”
That conversation and statement took me to Titus 2:3-5 and I have been musing over those Words for some time now. Wondering out to myself the impact among those who call themselves Christians if we wholly fully obeyed God’s Word: and for this specific discourse, if older women obeyed God’s command to carry themselves in a respectable manner and then to teach what is good and to encourage the young women.
What impact would such obedience have on the Christian family unit?
What impact would such obedience have on the Pastorate?
What impact would such obedience have in the Body of Christ?
What impact would such obedience have in the society it occurs?
How can a young man keep his way pure?
By guarding it according to thy word.
With my whole heart I seek thee;
let me not wander from thy commandments!
I have laid up thy word in my heart,
that I might not sin against thee. (Psalm 119:9-11)
The Psalmist asks this pertinent question in Psalm 119:9a. This is a question of all time significance and especially for us today as young people. Young people living in this age, the age of entertainment; and the highest paying forms of entertainment today revolve around sex and violence! In this generation that is bombarded from every side by evil and wickedness, cushioned by a lukewarm and sleeping church, patted by busy parents and the disintegration of the traditional child raising ‘village’: How can a young man keep his way pure?
Back in campus when I was studying for my undergraduate there is a book we had to read for one of the courses – Peace Child by a missionary Don Richardson. The book is one fascinating read, I tell you. It spells more like a high energy fictitious Hollywood drama; only thing is its real.
Peace child is a book about a Christian couple Don and Carol Richardson’s missionary work among the Sawi people of New Guinea. The Sawi people had changed little in over one thousand years. They were untouched by outside forces and their language was unknown. Their daily chores were routine. Half of their babies died before reaching childhood. Death was frequent among them due to diseases and wars. They idealized treachery as part of their view of life that is forming friendships with the express purpose of later betraying the befriended one to be killed and eaten. They called it “ fattening with friendship for slaughter”.