“As surely as the LORD your God lives,” she replied, “I don’t have any bread—only a handful of flour in a jar and a little olive oil in a jug. I am gathering a few sticks to take home and make a meal for myself and my son, that we may eat it—and die.”1 Kings 17:12
Perhaps this Bible verse was inspired for our times. The aforementioned woman speaks for a young person on the verge of losing faith.
The challenge of underemployment and low productivity continue to rob youth of the needed joy, particularly in Africa where the majority of young people below the age of 25 have no access to quality education, and skills development and subsist on meager livelihood in insecure employment or none at all. But it is when our lives are disrupted most, that we are likely not to see any positives in life. It’s at this point, that the word of God assures us we are not distressed even though troubled on every side but rather draw nearer to him in faith with a humble and grateful heart.
“We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; Persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed; Always bearing about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our body.” 2 Corinthians 4:8
Although the hardship may try to level down our faith in God, we are reminded that Christ has reconciled us back to Him and Eden has been restored once more for every one of us if only we believe. We can still weave in life skills and activities that can help us focus less on challenges and more on opportunities to reimagine a better tomorrow, because we are children of the Almighty God, and He is a rewarder of our faith. The Bible says the righteous will flourish. Regardless of the circumstances around us, God‘s asking us to ask for anything in His Name and He will provide. We Believe it, We Receive it, in Jesus’ name.
Our past should never define our future. If Jesus Christ is our Lord and Savior, we live under His grace and the Spirit works in us– not at man’s pace but at God’s pace. God is not bound by time and space. A day is like a thousand years and thousand years like a day to God (2 Peter 3:8). He is the same yesterday, today, and forever.
If we are driven by a noble vision, we can change many of the long-standing effects of hunger with our energy, and passion if only we can believe. Faithflows collaboration with youth in Africa, will create an enabling environment to address unemployment, and boost entrepreneurship, and productivity to build resilient communities while encouraging them to remain strong in faith.
Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. (1 Thess. 5:16-18)