Jeremiah 29:11, "‘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.'"
1 Thessalonians 5:9, "For God did not appoint us to suffer wrath but to receive salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ."
When you read a great book, do you enjoy the journey, taking in each page from beginning to end? Or, do you jump to the last page, so you know what to expect? Will the hero make it out alive? Will they live happily ever after? At times, the unknown builds our anticipation; other times, it can drive us crazy! Wouldn't it be nice if, in life, we had the option to jump to the last page to see how it all turns out? Yet, we're left to wonder. And, for many of us, within that gap, exists worry and fear.
There is an old gospel hymn that says, "Many things about tomorrow I don't seem to understand. But I know Who holds tomorrow, and I know Who holds my hand." Uncertainty is a part of life, especially today. Negativity and worry can easily consume our thoughts. But as the song lyrics above so aptly remind us, if God wanted us to know the future, we would. Instead, we place our faith in the One who does know - the One who holds our hand through it all.
As Christ-followers, we can rest in His promises, knowing He is in control even in the most seemingly out of control situations. God has a plan that brings the light of hope to the darkest places. Our job is to make sure we hold fast to Him. And, if we live for Christ, we will live happily ever after! In Him, we win!
Write out the lyrics from the gospel hymn above three times: "Many things about tomorrow I don't seem to understand. But I know Who holds tomorrow, and I know Who holds my hand." The repetition will help you to memorize these words of wisdom and hope. Remember them when you feel fearful of what the future holds!
Dear Lord, I will not fear what tomorrow brings because I know that You are in control. I will be comforted by the promises of Your Word. You are my all, my everything! Knowing this replaces my fear with faith! In Jesus' name, Amen.