(Exodus 32:1-6; Jeremiah 2:1-3).
Just forty days after the glorious experience the children of Israel had, they soon forgot the beautiful sight, the devouring fire, their declaration and their covenant with the Lord (Exo. 24:3, 7-8, 15-17). They threw the experience to the wind and went for things they considered necessary for the now. For many youths today, ‘forty days’ have passed and the joy and glory they once saw and enjoyed have fizzled out. Love for God, His word, His house and people have given way to the love for the world, their word, programme, activities and way (Exodus 32: 3-6; Luke 15:11-13; 2 Timothy 3:1-4). They have come to the time of questioning things they once accepted – doctrine on dressing, covering of head, friendship with opposite sex (undue closeness), hair do, social activities, career, moderation, ancient landmarks, choice of peer, etc. (1 Tim. 6:3-5). Fear, respect and reverence for God, parents and elders have given way to arrogance and pride. Counsel of true leaders and elders have been replaced with unscreened counsel of fellow youths (2 Samuel 13:1-5; 1 Kings. 12:1-11). Many youths including those born in the Church have forsaken the God of their fathers and mothers (1 Samuel 2:22-25; 8:1-5). Today’s youth is rather become a vessel/instrument in the hand of devils and evil men, false prophets and pastors. They are vulnerable to the enticing words of seducers, immoral people, preachers so called, ungodly pursuit of wealth and fame, wanting to belong (Genesis 34:1-2) and has in its place given up righteousness, soberness and expediency. Evil association/communications and influences from the mixed multitude have corrupted their good morals and manners (1 Corinthians 15:33). The flags of righteousness and gravity have been lowered and that of compromise in different areas of life has been raised sending God far away from them (cons. Isaiah 59:1-2; Habakkuk 1:13). Such youths are without God in this world however they may display religion or Christianity (Ephesians 2:12). They have no portion in eternity with God or His Kingdom (cons. Revelation 21:8, 27). They can as well be tagged miserable, their ‘success’, ‘fame’, ‘happiness’ not withstanding because God is angry with the wicked every day. Judgement surely is looming over them and SOON shall be.