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!
I have much respect for the Late Lady Margaret Thatcher. She was quite the one to deal with naysayers (and journalists for that matter!). I recently read a quote of hers – “you might have to fight a battle more than once to win it.” I’m not sure as to what political context it fitted into – crisis in Europe, or with the Trade Unions on her home turf or the Falkland Islands. Nonetheless the quote definitely has wider application to our daily lives.
While it would be great to nail an issue or win a battle in one go in life it often takes several if not numerous attempts before victory is won. Your mind may be your battlefield – fighting off thoughts of negativity or failure. Maybe it is the insidious nature of fear that seems to clutch at your heart at random and unsolicited times. Perhaps it is thwarting temptation. And let’s face it, the enemy is not one to give up so easily and seeks to ensnare and destroy us. But we have God on our side! God who is always with us and assures us of victory.
“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.” (Joshua 1:9)
“The horse is prepared for the day of battle, but the victory belongs to the LORD.” (Proverbs 21:31)
So to quote another admirable English Prime Minister, Winston Churchill, if you find yourself in the middle of a battle, growing weary, “Never give in. Never give in. Never, never, never, never—in nothing, great or small, large or petty—never give in, except to convictions of honour and good sense. Never yield to force. Never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy.”
The victory belongs to the Lord!