Young people, are you aware of God? Do you realize the power of God? Your first inclination would be to retort, “Why of course I know God. God is in heaven. Sure, I know He is powerful. I know He can do wondrous things.’’ You probably would consider my question to be out of place. You, the reader, most probably are Protestant Reformed. You have attended our Christian elementary and/or high schools. You have been brought up in a Christian home. You know who God is.
My next question is, are you really aware of God’s power, of God’s omnipresence, of God’s omniscience? Do your lives show that you know this? Is this mere head-knowledge or have you applied this to your lives? Do you in your daily lives act as if you know this? Are you afraid to show this? Or heaven forbid, don’t you care?
Have you ever considered the fact that God knows your every single solitary thought? He knows what you think, what you say, what you do. He is always present. He is always with you. This God is with you on your dates; He sees what you do. This God sees what parties the young people of the church attend. This God hears His name being taken in vain. He sees the bodies that He has given you being driven by a mind that is in a drunken stupor or made insensible by drugs.
Young People, have you ever really truly let this sink in? The almighty, all-knowing, everywhere-present God knows your secrets, your actions, your words. Maybe your parents don’t know, but God does. And God HATES SIN. Solomon in Proverbs 6:16-19 says, “These six things doth the Lord hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him: A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, An heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief, A false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren.”
This God knows what you do on Sundays. He knows if you attended society or not, if you were prepared for it and contributed, or if you were making it hard on the discussion leader. This same God is with you Sunday nights after church. You may be out of the sight of sour parents, minister, or teachers, but never out of God’s sight. God hates the Devil. He HATES SIN. He hates the old man within as. Is it not a wonder that God doesn’t kill us in righteous indignation? Our sins are innumerable. But no matter how unfaithful we are, God does not change. His covenant stands. He is faithful to the end. He sends the Holy Spirit into our hearts. It is only through the gift of the Holy Spirit that we can pray for mercy and forgiveness. Notice that we cannot do it of ourselves. The Holy Spirit must be working in our hearts before we can become aware of our many sins and miseries and how dead we are in them. We cannot of ourselves do one good thing. It is not of us at all.
With this knowledge of our total depravity (and if we could ever understand the depth of our depravity, we would be truly humble), we will want to know more about God’s gift, Christ crucified. With this knowledge our hearts overflow with gratitude to God for such a great salvation. With the constant aid of the Holy Spirit we must run the race. We must be ready for the battle; no, we are in the battle now! We must pick up the Word. And with the knowledge of the Word we must fight principalities and powers, the rulers of darkness. As Paul says to the Ephesians. “Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil …. Stand therefore, having your loin girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God: Being so armed we can resist all the many temptations presented in this world. Being so armed we will be aware of sin we will fight it!
God grant ns the grace to be aware.