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Sin Cares Not for Your Age (Genesis 8:21)

Introductory Thoughts

From youth, man is gripped by sin’s attraction. As he ages, the source of temptation may vary, but the fact that he is tempted remains constant. Paul instructed young Timothy to “flee . . . youthful lusts” (2 Timothy 2:22), yet Solomon’s heart was turned after other gods when he “was old” (1 Kings 11:4). Many believers have wasted the precious years of youth by succumbing to the youthful lusts of which Paul warned Timothy. Others have fought the good fight in their youth, only to regretfully compromise in their waning years. There is no time or age for the believer to be at ease concerning sin. Sin can be pleasurable but is always deceptive with uncertain outcomes for those who indulge.

Devotional Thoughts

  • (For children): Samuel was willing to learn of and serve God at an early age (1 Samuel 2:26). From childhood to old age, he stayed true to the Lord (1 Samuel 12:1-4). Learn Gods word now (Psalm 119:11).
  • (For everyone): What are some of the temptations young people may face? What are some temptations the aged may face? Are the temptations different? How and why?
  • What are some biblical examples of people who gave in to youthful lusts? What are some biblical examples of people who failed the Lord when they were old? How can we guard against both?

Prayer Thoughts

  • Ask the Lord to keep you from sin in each stage of life.
  • Ask the Lord to give you an understanding of the danger of sin.