An unexpected temptation arises in the life of your teenager. He or she was not planning to make a life-altering decision, but the moment arrived nonetheless. When this moment occurs, your teenager will ask one of two questions: "What am I going to do?"
"What does God want me to do?"
Joseph was confronted by a passionate and powerful woman demanding to have sex. He was alone in a pagan land. Rejecting the advances of this woman would surely bring unpleasant consequences. Yet he had just one question on his mind:
"How could I do such a wicked thing and sin against God?"
So, Joseph literally ran from the temptation before him. He was more motivated by what would honor God than trying to figure what was best for him. If you ask, "What does God want me to do?" you probably won't know how things will work out, at least initially. But Joseph knew that whatever the consequences, honoring God was the best thing to do.
It is this fear of the unknown that often keeps you and your teenager from honoring God. For too many, it is not enough to simply ask what God wants. So the tension builds. What am I going to do?
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