The young man lay dying, by the desert sides of Philistia, as he wondered the turning of his fate in the world into which he found himself. For a long part of his young life, he had served a master, an Amalekite in his right. He had poured upon him the dew of his youth. Many errands he had ran for him, and many a yoke he had borne for his master. He had done things anti ethical to God and Man, just to please his master. He had violated his conscience, and violated every other voices speaking to him, just to make his master happy. Camp after camp, the Amalekite party had raided villages, ransacked them and killed people. He had been privy to all these inglorious display in service of his master. In his deepest of hearts, he felt he may not be doing the right thing, but it did not matter as long as it was what his master wanted and what made his master happy. With such fervor and devotion, this young man from Egypt served his master.
Now, here, he lay, dying. Completely forsaken by men and spirits. He had fallen ill as the Amalekite Company were returning from their last expedition, and what did his master do? When he saw he took ill, he abandoned him by the wilderness to die, while he continued his victory procession with others. The youth had wasted his dew serving this master, and when things went bad for him, he (the master) deserted him. By the time any human being sited him again, he had already spent 3 days and 3 nights, neither eating nor drinking. Essentially, he was waiting to die.
I’ll leave the young man to his fate, while I meditate a little. O the fate of many young people and the masters they serve. Some serve their master Mammon, while others serve alcohol. Some serve fame, while others public opinion. Some serve themselves, while others serve other men. Some serve pornography, while other serve sexual perversions. “Whatever a man obeys”, the Holy Book says, “becomes his master”. Whether alcohol, sexual urges, men, fame, money, the public, etc. And this is the lot of many young people today. They have become slaves to their passions. Some are slaves to money, and others are slaves to lust and the world. O, the things we serve with the dew of our youth.
The most painful part of it all, is that when the chips are down and the die is cast, our various masters will leave us to our fate. None of them will hurry to our help. None of them will deliver us from the consequences of our service. For a man is free to choose whom to serve, but he is not free to choose the wages of the service.
So, many a great one in their youth, has faded into oblivion, eternally damned to the consequences of their life of smoking and alcoholism. Some, are doomed by their life of immorality, to countless children produced by their unbridled passions, and not to talk of hidden diseases they dare not let others know about. Some enslave themselves serving the world. They claim they have fans and those who follow them. However, it is actually them that is following this world, constantly begging for attention. Hence they must put on artificial things, and show us their latest wears, and their recent big deals. They pretend they are happy, but the truth beats on the inside, as series of suicides and failed marriages show us that these ones too face the consequences of their inglorious life, no matter how they try to hide it.
How I wish we will be wise, and realize what is happening to us. We are creations of the Almighty, and formed for a purpose, but as long as we serve the wrong masters, we can never enter into the divine Canaan land, the great plan of God for us.
The dew of our youth is fading, and our lives are silently drawing to a close. Let the wise consider and rethink their choice of a master. For there is only one master I know, who will not leave you in your weakest moments, and in whom you will never have regrets. Did not the Holy Book say, that “no one who trusts in Him will be out to shame?
Back to the young man. The King David and his team, discovered him lying there in his predicament. They gave him food and something to drink, and revived him. And finally, his life served a good purpose as he led King David into the band of Amalekites, and through him God fulfilled to David the promise of recovering all.
Like David met the young one, so is Jesus calling you today. “Whatever you have lived for before now, whatever or whoever be the master you have served, COME! There is still time for you, young one. No matter how things have spoilt, since there is life, there is hope. Turn from your former master, for his pay is too meager and his yoke too heavy. Come to Me young one, and I will give you rest. Yes, I have a yoke, but it is easy, and my burden is light. Do I have a pay? Well, you will find out on that day when you look into My Father’s face in glory, and He says to you, well done.”