A Youth United

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All eyes and ears were tuned in on November 8th as we watched America make a decision about its future. It was the first time I had ever voted and I nervously awaited the results. Talking with our students about what government meant to them, I soon realized that they were more involved in political discussion than I was at their same age. Some of them were fearful, some of them excited, and some of them knew that their parents were so invested in what the outcome of the election was that they could not help but be engaged. Above all else I saw their ability to recognize that the country was in some ways divided amongst itself. They knew and still know that unity, in the country, but especially in the church is key. So, we pray.

We know that God’s promise is eternal and we rely on his word to bring us closer to Him through times of difficulty. We have been going through the book of Romans on Sunday mornings and Wednesday nights, and we took some time to look at chapter 4. Here is what it says:

“Yet he [Abraham] did not waver through unbelief regarding the promise of God, but was strengthened in his faith and gave glory to God, being fully persuaded that God had power to do what he had promised.” Romans 4:20-21

He knew that God’s power was so glorious that his faith did not waver. Sometimes I think we can find ourselves in situations where our faith wavers in light of uncertainty or fear. We fear the worst and too often we do not think about anything else. In these times it is all too easy to talk about the worst case scenarios or even think about what the next four or eight years will be like in our country. My encouragement to the students and to you is to think about how much power God will show us in the same amount of time if our faith does not waver.

May we be a people who are fully persuaded that God can and will do what He has promised. Youth all across the nation and the world have their eyes on us. May we show them, as Abraham showed a nation, what unswerving faith in Jesus looks like. May we stand united in prayer and thanksgiving to serve a mighty and righteous King. May we love each other in the way God loves all, “by this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” John 13:35 at is my prayer for the student ministry and that is my prayer for you.

In Christ,

Ethan Getrost