July 23, 2020

Generation Z consists of the people born between 1995-2012.  Not since the Greatest Generation faced the Great Depression and World War II, has a generation had to deal with as many challenges as Generation Z.

From student debt, scarcity in the job market, racial tensions exploding, Washington’s toxic political atmosphere, an environment teetering on the edge of true catastrophe, out of control spending by our government, to the coronavirus killing thousands of people each day, putting our economy in the red, and dramatically fueling people’s fears; Generation Z has its hands full.  Sadly, this is the hand these wonderful young people have been dealt.

What makes all of this even more unjust is that Generation Z did not cause this mess, but they are the ones who will suffer the most from the decisions of those previous generations.

All of this is on my mind because my oldest grandson, Bruce, turned five yesterday.  What kind of world is he going to inherit from the generations that have come before him?  It scares me.

But just now, as I wrote this morning’s devotional, my phone beeped with a text from a young friend.  This is what he said:  As I sit here in my car wondering whether I’m going to lose my Dell job in the August lay-off cycle or the September lay-off cycle, whether the real estate market will bottom out, what disaster the November election will be, and how much of the economy the government takes over in the name of stimulating it, the Holy Spirit brought the old hymn to mind: “my hope is built on nothing less than Jesus’ blood and righteousness….”

He’s right.  This text pulled me out of my funk and fear to an attitude of hope.  That’s because in the midst of all the chaos, each generation’s hope can only rest on the unmovable, unshakeable rock of our salvation.  Jesus truly is the way.

Jesus said:  “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”  (John 14:6)

Jesus is our way.  Jesus is our truth.  Jesus is our life. 

The world is full of challenges.  That will not change.  Our responsibility is to do the best we can for the generations that follow us, and most importantly, teach them about Jesus.  He truly is the answer to the ills of this world.

Prayer:  Dear Gracious Heavenly God, please use me to make this world a better place.  In Jesus’ name I pray.  Amen.

Because of Jesus, I know Bruce will have a bright future.  He’s in good hands.  So are you.

I pray your day is filled with joy and laughter.
Tom Robbins