I have to get to the point of the absolute and unquestionable relationship that takes everything exactly as it comes from Him. God never guides us at some time in the future, but always here and now. Realize that the Lord is here now, and the freedom you receive is immediate.” – Oswald Chambers.
How can we face our uneasy, uncertain future when we have political unrest, nations quarreling with each other, the threat of terrorist attacks, and a pandemic. People are struggling to view the future in bright light. What does the future hold? Psalm 46:10 answers that question:”Be still, and know that I am God! I will be honored by every nation. I will be honored throughout the world.”
As John Maxwell observed, “Life is a matter of choices, and every choice you make makes you.” Crack the Bible open and you will find account after account of individuals who made hard choices during their journey of following God and as a result, enjoyed His rich blessings. Every choice we make either moves us closer to God or moves us away from Him and His purpose for our lives. We have a choice. We can make things happen or not happen by what we decide, including our future individually and collectively.
In the midst of this pressure to plan our lives out completely, God reminds us that He is in control and that we don’t have to figure our future out on our own, in fact, we really shouldn’t. God’s plan for our lives is much better than any plan we could try and make on our own. In Isaiah 41:10, God says, “Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand.” We do not need to fear our future, because God is going to be there every step of the way.
Your future starts today. Are you happy with the direction of your life or are you merely existing? Are you excited about the future and moving toward the desired goal? Or do you feel as if you are drifting along from day to day hoping that the future will be better? Don’t live a “settled-for life.”
Rather remember the reason for our hope and for our peace. “Because of our faith, Christ has brought us into this place of undeserved privilege where we now stand, and we confidently and joyfully look forward to sharing God’s glory.” (Romans 5:2) Today and in the future, we are nothing without God and everything with Him.
- Are you worried about the future and if so, why?
- What do we do when Satan tempts us and tries to undermine our hope?