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 by 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 accused of crimes that are “erased” when their “hero” stands up and says, “I take full responsibility for my behavior” and then go free. 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 struggling to understand his choice and their consequences – and lacked direction. He knew what was appealing but had no one to guide him. What a tragedy.
How many of us see young men and women who have needs like this “young man” - trying to make a decision that will affect their entire life? “Sophistication” implies worldly knowledge. “Maturity” implies wise choices. God’s Word provides His wisdom to make wise choices.
Prayer: Lord, so many of our youth need guidance. In Your mercy, convict those of us who understand your wisdom to step up and speak out to help the lost. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Scripture For Today: Proverbs 7:7 I saw some naive young men, and one in particular who lacked common sense.