Do you ever get concerned about the future? When you think about the future what comes to mind? Excitement, fear, or not sure what to think! It is important for us to keep the right perspective in mind when thinking about what is ahead of us. God wants us to have an encouraging outlook about the future. So how does God want us to view this future? First, is to know that God has a plan for your life (Jeremiah 29:11). It is imperative to spend time praying about the things that we know are coming up. That’s how we can begin to be prepared and to receive guidance from God. Realize that God is not going to reveal to us all that is going to happen in our future. Revealing to much would be more than we could handle. I wonder what some of Jesus’ disciples would have thought if someone told them early life they would one day follow a man from Nazareth and their belief in Him would be the cause their death. God will always provide us direction for the future. We must let go and let God be in charge. This is hard sometimes, especially when we are in a deep rut and can’t seem to get out.
To many times we stop preparing for the future or even thinking about it because we are dwelling too much on the past. At times, the past tends to paralyze because we continue to focus on something we cannot change. As hard as it is, keep your past in your past and be sure to learn from it. The Apostle Paul addressed this in his letter to the Philippians when he talked about “forgetting what is behind and reaching forward to what is ahead” (Phil 3:13-14). Good coaches of sports teams will tell a team to not dwell on past accomplishments or they will not have any future success. Continue to strive forward while learning from past mistakes and accomplishments. In the midst of leaving the past in the past, make the most of what is happening right now in your life.
The story of Joseph in Genesis 37-47 is a good example of how God will take care of those who follow Him. Joseph was sold into slavery by his brothers, falsely accused of a crime he did not commit, thrown in prison, then from prison became the second in command of Egypt (that is some promotion). This all happened in approximately a 13-year period. Throughout all the struggles that Joseph endured, he continued to worship God. Joseph understood that difficulties will come in life but he was to stand strong in his belief that God would take care of him. This is still true today. Life will throw many things at us and some of those things will be tough, some will be great but, in the end, if we are a follower of Christ, we can endure. Look to the future with encouragement, God has it under control.
I am often reminded that God does not promise us a life full of success and happiness. He promises a life that will be full and meaningful (John 10:10). What is it that has you concerned about the future? Take it to the One who controls the future!