We all face an unknown future, but we do not have to be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known God.
Corrie Ten Boom and her family faced an unknown future as they were arrested for hiding Jews and sent to Nazi concentration camps during World War II. Corrie was the sole survivor of her family and her powerful story recorded in the book, The Hiding place; is one of courage, sacrifice and forgiveness.
This is a guest post by Beth Harris. She is a wife, mother, Bible study leader and volunteer editor for markalanwilliams.net.
The thought of an unknown future is terrifying to me, because I tend to crave security and stability. I don’t like surprises, but we live in very uncertain times. The other night as I watched the news I became so afraid by the threat of North Korea sending a nuclear bomb. So, I asked my husband what he thought would happen and he reassured me with the reminder that this action wouldn’t serve the leader of North Korea or his country very well.
I sure hope my husband is right. But, afterwards I realized that no matter what happens, I don’t need to be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known God.
We all face an unknown future because even our best laid plans can change at any time. We all have unexpected situations and circumstances that happen sometimes.
I don’t know what kind of trouble you may be facing right now. You may be dealing with the loss of a loved one, an illness or another type of tragedy. But, I do know that those who know the Lord can trust Him with an unknown future.
And while the future is unknown as the Bible says:
Since no one knows the future, who can tell someone else what is to come? Ecclesiastes 8:7 (NIV)
We can find security and stability for life when we know the Lord.
Psalm 121:3 says, “He will not let your foot slip—he who watches over you will not slumber;” (NIV)
In addition, the Bible has many reassuring verses that remind us not to be afraid.
Psalm 112:7 says of the righteous, “They do not fear bad news; they confidently trust the LORD to care for them.” (NIV)
Psalm 27:1 says, “The Lord is my light and my salvation—whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life—of whom shall I be afraid?” (NIV)
Psalm 56:3 says, “When I am afraid, I put my trust in you.” (NIV)
Psalm 118:6 says, “The Lord is with me; I will not be afraid. What can mere mortals do to me?” (NIV)
If you are struggling with worry about an unknown future as I was; take comfort with the truth that God knows everything ahead of time and He is never surprised.
Isaiah 46:10 says, “I make known the end from the beginning, from ancient times, what is still to come. I say: My purpose will stand, and I will do all that I please.”(NIV)
13 Who can fathom the Spirit[a] of the Lord, or instruct the Lord as his counselor? 14 Whom did the Lord consult to enlighten him, and who taught him the right way? Who was it that taught him knowledge, or showed him the path of understanding? Isaiah 40:13-14 (NIV)
We face an unknown future, but God is in control and His purpose will prevail. He has perfect knowledge and understanding. He has no equal and He is good.
Jeremiah 29:11 says, “11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” (NIV)
We don’t know every detail of what will happen in the future or even in the next 5 minutes, but God’s plans are to give us hope and a future.
Also, we can look to the Bible to read about some future events that will take place. God has revealed many prophecies that have been fulfilled or future prophecies that have yet to be fulfilled through His Word.
We don’t know everything that’s going to happen, but God has told us what we need to know.
Our part is to trust Him as Proverbs 3:5-6 says, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; 6 in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.” (NIV)
We don’t have to be afraid to trust a known God with an unknown future.
Are you going through an uncertain time and feeling afraid?
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