This past week, we met an older couple at the top of Horseshoe Curve. Kind, friendly folks waiting for the next train to chug by. While we were chatting about politics and what-not, the older woman shook her head and said, “I’m just worried about the next generation. I can’t imagine how awful things are going to be for your children.”
This worry is quite common, indeed.
Today, I want to affirm that we need not be afraid of the future. I am not worried for my children or my children’s children. And nothing will change my mind about that – not politics or agriculture or media or economics.
I am not worried for my children because the gospel will be just as true for them as it has been since the beginning of time.
I am not worried for my children because God will be their refuge, the Holy Spirit will be their counselor, and Jesus will be praying for them… and preparing a home for them.
Jesus said, “Behold, I am with you always, even to the end of the age!” May we rejoice that every generation can expect these things to be true.
What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be[a]against us? 32 He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things? 33 Who shall bring any charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies. 34 Who is to condemn? Christ Jesus is the one who died—more than that, who was raised—who is at the right hand of God, who indeed is interceding for us.[b] 35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? 36 As it is written,
“For your sake we are being killed all the day long;
we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered.”
37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. 38 For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, 39 nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord. (From Romans 8)