At The Lighthouse Church, I’ve learned so many things that help both me and the other youth lead a fruitful life. It’s not a huge revelation to most, that the environment us teens and even kids grow up in isn’t exactly godly. Forget godly; it’s not even morally okay. From going to school to the stores we go shopping in, we’re first-hand witnesses to the sin and corruption of the world we live in.
But at TLC, we’re constantly being taught straight from the word of God, that we must be strong and courageous, that we must always stand firm in our faith no matter what. Joshua 1:9 says, “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.” This verse is important for me, because it helps me reflect the way I’m living.
Do I really put my faith in God at ALL times? Do I really stand strong and courageous? It’s easy to get caught up in the mess of the world, and I speak from experience. This verse is a constant reminder to me that whenever things get messy in my life and I’m too stressed, I can always take a deep breath, relax, and put my faith in God. It also reminds me that despite the chaos we’re living in, I have someone I can run to at all times.
Whenever I read this verse, I’m always reminded of the character of Daniel. Daniel is viewed as a bold individual who stood up for his beliefs and his religion no matter what the cost. Because of his unwavering faith, he was punished by death in a lion’s den. However, despite his surroundings (which I can guarantee was positively terrifying), his faith in our supreme God never once wavered.
This verse has similar themes to Philippians 2:8, which talks about the obedience of Christ, and can be compared to Daniel in the sense that both of them trusted in God wholly and truly, even if it led to death. “And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death — even death on a cross!”
Here at TLC, our dear youth pastor teaches us every week about people like Daniel, and many others who were unmoving in their faith and belief, and equips us to take on the world, no matter the hurdles it throws at you.