1 Kings 20:13-14
Suddenly a prophet approached Ahab king of Israel, saying, “Thus says the Lord: ‘Have you seen all this great multitude? Behold, I will deliver it into your hand today, and you shall know that I am the Lord.'” So Ahab said, ‘By whom?’ And he said, ‘Thus says the Lord:”By the young leaders of the provinces.”’ Then he said, ‘Who will set the battle in order?’ And he answered, ‘You.’”
Israel was facing almost certain annihilation; the forces of Syria had mounted against them and poised to attack. The troops and resources of Syria far outweighed that of Israel; and in a word, things looked bleak. It was with this backdrop that we are introduced to an unnamed prophet, who brought an almost unbelievable message. The message was that God would deliver Israel from the threat and he would do it through the young and inexperienced leaders.
I love the emphasis God puts upon young and inexperienced people. We read of great exploits being accomplished by Daniel and his companions, Jeremiah, and Timothy; all chosen while they were young. Jesus himself chose 12 men who had little or no leadership experience, and used them to lay the foundation for the church. I also love the way God chooses to train the inexperienced. Just as Ahab was to set the battle in order for the young leaders, God often will take those who have walked with Him for years, and use them to speak wisdom into the lives of the young men.
This principle is particularly important if the church is going to survive another generation. The older saints must trust the young leaders, and the young leaders must humble themselves and be willing to have their zeal guided by the wisdom of those who have gone before them.