“I love you, O Lord, my strength. The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer, my God, my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold. I call upon the Lord, who is worthy to be praised, and I am saved from my enemies.” Psalm 18:1-3
This fall our youth group has undergone a number of changes. We have a beautiful brand new youth room, many new students, and name: Refuge Youth Ministries. I choose this name because it encompasses what youth group should be all about, a place of refuge from the storms of life. These storms come to each of us, but can be particularly difficult for teenagers who are trying to find their place in this world. The youth of today are faced with numerous temptations that many of us cannot understand. The lies of the evil one are bombarding our youth from every direction: TV, internet, social media, their friends and even their family members. Today’s young people are in desperate need of a place of refuge, away from the storms of life. More than simply having a break, they need to find their refuge in Christ. This is what we do at youth group every Sunday Night, pointing them to Christ as their only refuge from our great enemies: the world, Satan, and our own flesh. We’ve been particularly studying the life of King David. A man who faced incredible hardships and struggles in his life, yet God called him a man after His own heart. No matter what difficulty David faced, he continually turned to the Lord as his refuge. When David’s own father-in-law was hunting him down to kill him, he wrote Psalm 18. He praised God for being his refuge in this middle incredible hardship. We all can learn from David’s deep trust in God, but youth today are especially in need of this example. God doesn’t always make the storms of life stop, but He does promise to be our help and strength in the storms. From going through these various storms, God sanctifies us. Like a refiner’s fire, purifies the gold, so too God refines us for His greater glory. Would you join the youth of Bethel in turning to Christ as our only refuge in the storms of life.