Treating young adults as… adults…

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Scripture: 2 Samuel 5:1 Then all the tribes of Israel came to David at Hebron, and said, “Look, we are your bone and flesh. For some time, while Saul was king over us, it was you who led out Israel and brought it in. The Lord said to you: It is you who shall be shepherd of my people Israel, you who shall be ruler over Israel.” So all the elders of Israel came to the king at Hebron; and King David made a covenant with them at Hebron before the Lord, and they anointed David king over Israel. David was thirty years old when he began to reign, and he reigned forty years.

Observation: I guess what got my attention this morning is the fact that David was only 30 years old when he became king. That seems so young to me, but maybe it shouldn’t. Just a generation or two ago, high school grads often got a job, got married, and started families by age 21. That was a lot of responsibility at an early age. I think my parents were 20 years old when they first married in the mid 1960s.

Application: Today there is often a decade – or more – between high school graduation and starting one’s adult life (full-time professional employment, marriage, family, and so on). Our passage from 2 Samuel this morning reminds me that young people are often far more capable than us older people may think.

Prayer: Lord Jesus, like king David, you bore great responsibility at an early age. You were only 33 years old when you died on a cross and rose again. Some of us who are middle-aged and older tend to think of today’s young people more as children than adults. Give us grace to make space for younger people to exercise their leadership capacity, despite their apparent youth. We might be surprised by how well they can lead. Amen.

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