Have you ever found yourself wondering what the future holds in store for you? Do you ever wonder where you will be or what you will be doing in the next ten years, or even next month or next week? Anticipation of the future is both intriguing and natural for the vast majority of us and we invest great amounts of effort and time to influence its outcome. Psychologists tell us that many of our current attitudes are rooted in our anticipatory outlook for the future and can reflect a wide continuum, ranging from pessimism and despair to optimism and hope. They also conclude that such attitudes have the potential to impact our current decisions and actions.
Although none of us know what tomorrow may bring, as Christians we are never without hope and cause for optimism. Regardless of our current situations or circumstances we can maintain a proper perspective, respond appropriately, and look forward to a promising and productive future:
“There is surely a future hope for you, and your hope will not be cut off”—
The writer of this passage is encouraging us not to be overly burdened by the trying circumstances or situations of the present and to strive for a balanced perspective on the possibilities of an unknown future. Although this is not generally consistent with our human nature, it is nonetheless the most healthy and productive alternative for us. It will result in a greater focus on the sovereignty of our heavenly Father and His itinerary and schedule for our lives and service. It will help us keep in mind that He has numbered our days and ordered our every step.
This Week’s Quote:
“Never be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known God”—Corrie Ten Boom