While some may disagree, there is an obvious difference between “sophistication” and “maturity.” And over the years, the “gap” has grown.
A good example of this is seen in our children’s heroes. Heroes are no longer respected for what they do for others - but how popular they are. Young girls see their “heroes” singing songs that mock purity, justice and decency and dress seductively. Young boys wear the jerseys of athletes who have been convicted of crimes that are “erased” when their “hero” stands up and says, “I take full responsibility for my behavior.” That does nothing to remove the scars from the victim’s heart. We see society making heroes of the wrong people.
Solomon looked out of his window and saw a group of young men making plans for the evening. One of them stood out from the others. It seemed as though he was having a difficult time with his options. Perhaps he was shifting back and forth from one foot to the other or glancing away from the “gang” as though he was not sure if he wanted to participate in their decision.
“I noticed among the young men, a youth who lacked judgment.” He was not ignorant nor did he have a low IQ. He was “inexperienced” in the ways of the world and had no one to guide him. What a tragedy.
How many of us see young men and women who have needs like this “youth” - trying to make a decision that will affect their entire life? “Sophistication” implies worldly knowledge. “Maturity” implies wise choices.
Prayer: Lord, so many of our youth need guidance. In Your grace, convict those who can, to step up and help. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Scripture for Today: Proverbs 7:7 I saw among the simple, I noticed among the young men, a youth who had no sense.