I would like to express my sympathy and concern for so manyÂ of you who are encountering difficulty in the pursuit of yourÂ chosen field of education and employment. It seems, whatÂ with tuition increases, funding cuts, technological advances, andÂ unemployment, that there arenâ€™ t the wide choices available to youÂ that were taken for granted by your parentsâ€™ generation. It is notÂ surprising that so many a re fearful of the future and frustratedÂ with present conditions.
So many teens are choosing suicide as a way out. It is a worry.Â I am not going to simply pass on clichÃ©s like â€œDonâ€™ t worry – beÂ happyâ€, or â€œEverything will be all right – hang in thereâ€, but I can tellÂ you with certainty that GOD CARES ABOUT YOU! He cared soÂ much that He allowed His own Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, to takeÂ the punishment for the sin of the whole world. To all who acceptÂ Him as their Saviour, He has promised an eternal home in Heaven.
Since He did that for you, wonâ€™ t you trust Him, as you allowÂ Him to be Lord in your life? If you do, the Lord Jesus says to you,Â as He said to His followers before He went back to Heaven, â€œ…Lo,Â I am with you always, even to the end of the ageâ€ (Matthew 28:20).
If you will take the advice in Proverbs 3:6, â€œIn all your waysÂ acknowledge Him,â€ you may confidently rely on the promise in t eÂ second part of the same verse: â€œand He shall direct your pathsâ€. HisÂ â€˜directionâ€™ may not lead in paths you had thought of travelling, butÂ they will be those of greatest blessing to you.
The most important key to your whole future is how youÂ respond to the Lord Jesus. First of all, you must accept Him asÂ Saviour. To reject Him is to reject the forgiveness of your sinsÂ and eternal life in Heaven. The only alternative is Hell, which wasÂ â€œprepared for the devil and his angelsâ€ (Matthew 25:41).
If you are saved, donâ€™ t be afraid to let Christ be Lord of yourÂ life. The prophet Jeremiah says in 29:1 1, â€œI know the thoughts thatÂ I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not ofÂ evil, to give you a future and a hope.â€ The Lord Jesus Christ wantsÂ you to fully trust Him.
May each one of you experience peace WITH God in salvation,Â and the peace OF God that will keep your hearts and minds in theseÂ uncertain times.
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