Hidden Nuggets Series #95 – “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.” – Jeremiah 29:11
I’m not 100% sure about the future.
At times in my life it’s been unnerving not knowing what’s going to happen tomorrow, next week or next year. It’s easy to get wrapped up in and obsessed about it to the point where it hinders us from achieving anything in the present. In that way the future becomes where the present goes to die.
Don’t misunderstand. I’ve got plans. I’ve got ideas. I’ve even got dreams.
But they are MY plans born out of my best guesses as to where I see life taking me. There is no assurance they will unfold based on the expectations I currently maintain. The pathways of life can turn on a dime as I’m learning more and more the older I get.
I wish I could write a post for you entitled “5 Easy Ways to Figure Out Your Future” and be done with it. It’s really not that simple. But what I can share with you is the hope I have that my future is already taken care of. It’s in the hands of the One who does know.
“For I Know…”
When I obsess about the future I’m reminded of Bible verses like this one from Jeremiah 29:11,
“For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.”
God had a plan for the people in the Bible to whom he spoke this message. At the time they were not in the best of circumstances. The idea God leaves them with is a) that they actually had a future and b) that it was good – something to look forward to. They were words of promise and hope in a dark time. And I don’t think it’s a stretch to say I can apply this verse to my life as well.
The tough part of course is in the waiting. God doesn’t say when or how he’ll reveal the future. It’s up to me to patiently wait and be ready to respond at a moments notice.
It might be tough for you to embrace the idea there is an all-knowing God out there who knows what’s going to happen in your future. Even more so that he is directing you into your future. “My life is in my own hands,” you might be thinking. “No God is in control of my life!”
I understand that sentiment it’s just not where I am. I’ve given my life to God and believe that He truly directs me. For this reason I have internal peace about the future yet can still maximize every opportunity in the present. The unknown future doesn’t prevent me from being productive in the now.
Lean on His Understanding
Many years ago I memorized this verse from Proverbs 3:5-6,
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.”
I don’t have to know today what’s happening in my future. Practically, I can’t anyway. My understanding is limited and faulty. When I lean on it alone I end up creating a mess and clogging up the present.
I’m content to put my future in the hands of God and let Him direct my course.
Questions: Do you believe God knows the future and has a plan for you? Do you have a difficult time trusting Him? How has your life changed from what you thought it might be? Do you let worrying about the future distract you from what’s happening in the present?