“Look here, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we are going to a certain town and will stay there a year. We will do business there and make a profit.” How do you know what your life will be like tomorrow? Your life is like the morning fog—it’s here a little while, then it’s gone.” — James 4:13-14.
The future can sometimes seem a long way off. Even so, we are always preparing for the future even if we do not think or dwell on the future. We are always preparing for the future even if your mind is focused on the past or the present. This is because your life builds upon itself. What you experience today is based upon what you accomplished or did not accomplish yesterday. And what you will experience tomorrow will be partially built on what you can accomplish today. So how do we prepare for the future today? The first step is to give God your future.
We all have different fears about the future and different needs to be met in the present. Whether our needs are for financial provision, emotional relief, stress reduction, a change of circumstances, get out of debt, or the ability to make good investments for the future – God will provide for those needs in the best way. It may not always be our way, but it will always be the best way.
Yes, there are unknowns about the future: remember Who holds your future instead of what the future holds. The future will look a whole lot better if we intentionally choose to trust God instead of worrying. Giving your future to God frees us to live the life that God has given us now.
This doesn’t mean you can’t have goals for the future. The problem arises when the goal becomes God. Or in other words, when we sacrifice everything to achieve them, including our family and God.
You don’t have to have your life all figured out; you only have to take one step at a time walking with God. And every time you put your hands in God’s hand, you’ll know you’ve got a solid hold on your future.
- How do you view the future?
- How do we best shape that future?
- What can we start doing to pave the way to the future?