I don’t know what the future holds. None of us do. And if I am honest I would say that my thoughts of the future can one day be optimistic in a let’s conquer the world kind of the way and the next day the very thought of it can scare the living daylights out of me. Even picking up the daily paper with its reports on global warming or war or recession or even the pitfalls facing children in today’s world can be disquieting for our souls.
But despite our circumstances, despite our fears, despite our outlook even, God’s got us! As we take a leap of faith into the future, we can know that God is in control. Time and time again in the Bible we see God reassuring His people that He’s there for them and not to worry or be afraid. Take Joshua, faced with the death of Moses he unexpectedly became the leader of the Israelites. I can only imagine that he must have been nervous, scared even, when he had to step into Moses’ shoes. God though assured him,“… I will be with you as I was with Moses. I will not fail you or abandon you” (Joshua 1:5b).
Just as He promised Joshua, we too can step into the future with confidence and assurance that God will always be with us. That God who created the Universe, who created us, who knew us before we were born and is no stranger to the future is alongside us, always.
As someone once said “I don’t know what the future holds but I know who holds the future.”
“Even to your old age and gray hairs I am he, I am he who will sustain you. I have made you and I will carry you; I will sustain you and I will rescue you.” (Isaiah 46:4)
God’s got this!
“Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the LORD forever.” (Psalm 23:6)
Arriving at hospital in labour, my preferred Obstetrician was not rostered on. But then as I was being admitted I heard her cheery hello and she walked into my room. She had just popped into the hospital to check on a patient and had learnt I was there. The next thing I knew she was scrubbing up to assist with the delivery.
Coincidence? I’d say actually orchestrated by a loving God! One of my lasting memories of the birth of our baby with the complications that ensued, is of her bright smile and encouragement that my baby would be okay. In the midst of the busyness that is the operating theatre this Doctor gave me courage and hope. God knew what was before me and prepared the way with someone who was looking out for me.
We often quote Jeremiah 29:11 when we’re thinking about our future – ” “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.” ” It’s a great Scripture to hold onto especially in times of worry and concern over our future. Often though we hold onto it for those events that are weeks, months and even years down the track. But it also holds true for our very next moment, the next minute. God is always watching over us, taking care of us. He has plans to prosper us or in other words to give us peace in our daily lives.
God knew what I would be faced with in that Delivery Room and His love shone through a Doctor who gave up her Saturday night to be there for me. And one whose smile and encouragement brought grace and peace into the room.
I can therefore declare that “surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life.”