Daily Bible Inspirations

The Disease of Adolescence

by John Michalak

Then the LORD’s word came to Jeremiah, saying, Behold, I am the LORD, the God of all flesh: is there anything too hard for me?

Jeremiah 32:26-27

In our spiritual walk, many of us suffer from the disease of adolescence.

When we were young in God, He was beyond us. We stood before our Father with an equal amount of fear and love. We dared not cross Him, and respected His power to discipline us for wrong behavior.

But, then we grew into adolescence. The teenage years. We felt so independent. We unconsciously assumed we were equals. We didn’t really need God anymore, and we certainly didn’t respect the consequences of disobedience.

In the days of Jeremiah, Israel was a rebellious adolescent, so full of themselves that God no longer had any sway. But, He was about to show them how strong a parent He could be. Then, they’d see what life was like without Him.

How old are you in your relationship to God? While God wants you to mature, He also wants you to remember the humility of childhood. Do you cling to Him like a toddler? Do you respect His power to send you to your room? Or are you like Israel, so independent that God can tell you nothing?

Make no mistake. God is still your Father. He still knows better than you. And He still loves you. If you’ve ever strayed like a teenager, God is calling you to return.