The future. What kind of a feeling does that put into your stomach? Is it good or nerve wracking? Do you feel like you have to have it all planned out and worked out perfectly? A year ago, I couldn’t have looked at the future and told you where I would be right now, but I am so grateful that God is in control of every single detail.
I was reading Psalms 146-150 this morning, and the one thing that stood out to me was this.
God LOVES His children to praise Him because of Who He is, knowing that He is ALWAYS faithful to us, ALWAYS good, and His plans are perfect.
Psalm 147:10-11, ‘His delight is not in the strength of the horse,
nor his pleasure in the legs of a man,
11 but the Lord takes pleasure in those who fear him,
in those who hope in his steadfast love.’
The future can be scary, but the Lord is teaching me that it’s so much better not to put my hope in:
The Lord is always faithful.
Last night my family and I were reading Leviticus 26, and I was sobered by how God promised judgment to the Israelites if they broke their covenant.
But then at the end of the passage, God’s faithfulness just blew me over with such joy.
Leviticus 26:40-42 “But if they confess their iniquity and the iniquity of their fathers in their treachery that they committed against me, and also in walking contrary to me, so that I walked contrary to them and brought them into the land of their enemies—if then their uncircumcised heart is humbled and they make amends for their iniquity, then I will remember my covenant with Jacob, and I will remember my covenant with Isaac and my covenant with Abraham, and I will remember the land.”
So how can we look at the future without fear or anxiety or feeling like the fate of the world rest on our shoulders?
#1) Trust God.
#2) Pray A LOT.
#3) Look back at how God has orchestrated every detail of your life for good.
#4) READ HIS WORD!!!! – Read about His promises and how He never fails to keep His promises. Think about how He promised to David that He would make David’s throne last forever. And He did in the person of Jesus Christ the Lord, Son of God and Son of man. Jesus is reigning forever and ever.
So I’m not going to sit here and think, ‘Will I be married in a year or two or 5? Will I have kids? Will I have a job?’
Instead I’m going to enjoy this present moment and trust the Lord for the present moment and the future.
Whose with me?
Do you ever worry about the future?
How is God teaching you to trust Him for the future?