One day I was attending a youth conference, as you might know that young people have got curious minds and like to ask difficult questions.This young person asked the presenter that if he has a boyfriend or girlfriend that she or he loves very much and on the other hand she or he also loves God is that not cheating? The hall laughed and the presenter tried explaining but the more he tried to explain the more questions were raised. At the rate of questions and observing the presenter ,I really appreciated his calmness and understanding that these questions might be questions that these young people ask themselves frequently but are afraid to ask adults because of fearing that they can be judged. I know of people who will say its difficult for them to do certain things because God is watching the 24/7.
They asked a question about Psalms 63:6 When I remember thee upon my bed,
and meditate on thee in the night watches.The question was how do you sleep with your partner who might be your wife or husband and be remembering someone else ? As I was sitting thinking I realised the answer was in the next verse Psalms 63:7 Because thou hast been my help,
therefore in the shadow of thy wings will I rejoice. This means you remember the person because of the help they provided you in time of your need, you might be with someone but your mind still have thoughts of appreciating the greatness around you.
Most of questions were based on meditation like this verse Joshua 1:8
This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success. The question here was should I be spending more time reading the bible? Should I carry my bible every time so that I don’t depart from it? How will people think of me or look at me? and in my thoughts was these young people have their cell phones in their hands every second what do people say or think of them?Technology has made it easy for us not to depart from the word of God but what is more important is to do according to it.
This was also a question Mark 12:30
And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment. They were saying if you love God with all your heart, soul. mind and strength what will be left for you to love others? I thought that most often we read or quote scriptures incomplete and this create more questions whilst the answer might be in the next verse Mark 12:31 And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these. This second verse answers the question that if you love yourself then you can be able to love someone else unless you love God to the point of not knowing how to love yourself which is unlikely.
1 John 4:8 He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love. As they were closing the session, I could hear them saying they know and understand that God is love and when they show love to others they showcasing God. Genesis 33:4 And Esau ran to meet him, and embraced him, and fell on his neck, and kissed him: and they wept.Genesis 33:9-10 And Esau said, I have enough, my brother; keep that thou hast unto thyself. And Jacob said, Nay, I pray thee, if now I have found grace in thy sight, then receive my present at my hand: for therefore I have seen thy face, as though I h.ad seen the face of God, and thou wast pleased with me.
The session showed me the beauty of openness, respect and trust although I will still maintain that God is creative, he made our hearts so special that we can love him completely and still have love for others and that is not cheating but expressing the creativity of our creator
Lots of Love see you in the next episode