Whether we’re talking about personal history or world history, if everything begins and ends with our efforts and our plans, our track record does not bode well for the future.
But my hope knows this: Our future does not begin and end with us. We are living within a much larger plan. Our King is the First and the Last.
God assures us that He has a plan for all He created—for the natural world, for those whose hope rests on Him, and for those who resist and rebel against Him. And He assures us He is working, hour by hour, and His plan is unfolding. Nothing will stop Him. He is going to accomplish His plan.
And so we keep moving forward, with our eyes on Him, because the future will unfold according to His purposes, and we belong to and are very precious to Him.
Thoughts from Facing the Future, Copyright © 2020 JPV Press, to be released April 28, 2020. Used with permission
Hebrews 11 tells us that Moses did not fear Pharoah—he kept right on going because he kept his eyes on the invisible.
We need not panic as challenges loom ahead. When storms howl around us, or the enemy besieges our walls, our hope stands on our Father’s promises that He will not fail or abandon His children. He says, “I am here, and I am holding you.”
And when we need more reassurance of His presence, we can ask Him for eyes to see the invisible—that He is always there. None of God’s children travel alone.
I know you are always with me. I will not be shaken, for you are right beside me. I rejoice in that, and my heart is glad. (Psalm 16:8,9 AP)
Know this, as you step forward into the next hour, the next day, the next week: We stand in a place of privilege.
“Because of our faith, Christ has brought us to a place of undeserved privilege where we now stand…” (Romans 5:2)
As God’s adopted children, rescued by Jesus from a kingdom of darkness to live in His kingdom of light, we’ve been given an inheritance. And the Father says we’re now in a place of great privilege; He says resources of heaven are available to us!
It’s not just “a lot of talk.” It is living out the inheritance and privilege given us by the One who holds us and our future in His hands.
As we stand with our toes on the edge of tomorrow and peer ahead, we read the headlines and feel ripples of anxiety washing into our souls. Sometimes those ripples swell into raging floods that knock us off our feet and threaten to drown us.
“Don’t let your hearts be troubled,” our King says to us. “Trust in God. Trust in me. I’ve given you my words so you can have peace.”
We might wonder how peace is possible in this turbulent world. But there it is, repeated so often in God’s Word to us: the promise that He can give us peace.
Every day, we make many choices about who and what we will believe and trust. And every time our choice is to believe and trust God what God says, we send our roots deeper and deeper into the life-giving water, the only Source of peace.
The prophet Daniel was given a clear look at the future, and what he saw terrified him. Made him physically sick, actually. Terrible times were ahead. Then, as he shrank back in dread of what was coming, a messenger came from God, saying, “Don’t be afraid. You are very precious to God.”
Don’t be afraid, child of God. Those words are for you, too. Jesus said them to all who believe in Him: “The Father loves you dearly” (John 16:27). Whatever is ahead, His love holds you through every step of your journey. You’re not alone, not just a pinpoint in the universe. You are precious to the One who holds the future.