Restore to me the joy of Your salvation, and uphold me by Your generous Spirit. Psalm 51:12
I believe I’ve reached that point. I’m old. You know the point where you want “those kids” to turn down their “noise.” And you wonder what “those kids” are thinking, are they thinking? You sat next to their parents and them in church over the years. They should know better, right?
However, it’s not unusual for people in their early 20’s to defect from their early teaching. There are a lot of reasons. Perhaps their exposure to unbelief “took” better than their exposure to belief. This is usually the case. The Bible says, “The heart of man is deceitful above all things.”
The human heart is prepared to easily accept unbelief as faith. Some person they respect has undoubtedly influenced their thinking, and for the time being they look on their early training as senseless thinking. As someone has said, “A little learning may take a man away from God, but full understanding (or a strong parent) will bring him back.”
Some of the most respected Christians I know are people who had periods in their life when they questioned the Bible and God. Haven’t we all been there, shaking our fists to the sky and walking into a spiritual desert? But as we continued to examine the matter, God never stopped working on us and our testimony. In the end, there’s overwhelming evidence that only “the fool hath said in his heart, There is no God.”
Don’t be discouraged by “those kids” unbelief. Pray that they stay safe during their journey, remembering times in our lives when unbelief reigned, but God never left our side.