Saturday, November 10, 2012

The Future Is Now

During the five months since my husband lost his job, our friends have encouraged us with their prayers and gifts. God has demonstrated His faithfulness daily by providing everything we need in such sweet and amazing ways. You would think all this would be enough to make me feel better about everything, but I am still restless and edgy much of the time. Despite all the blessings, encouragement, and affirmation we have received, I have been plagued by uncertainty about our future.

We are all living with a great deal of uncertainty, especially in these troubled times. As we struggle to find answers to questions about our future and God's plans for us, we need to embrace and live according to this truth: The future is now.

Although most of us tend to worry about things like money, where to live, and whether or not we should accept a particular job offer because it might require us to relocate or put a dream on hold, God promises to take care of us one day at a time if we will trust in his provision and guidance. Jesus said,

Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear...Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?...But seek first his kingdom and righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own (Matthew 6:25-34).

In this season of financial uncertainty, God has carried out his promises to provide for us time and time again. How dare we doubt that his plan for us, even though sometimes hard, is anything but good? (Jeremiah 29:11).

In Ephesians 5:15, we are commanded to "Be very careful, then, how you live--not as unwise but as wise, making the most of opportunity, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish but understand what the Lord's will is." This has so many practical applications, from using our time well to being good stewards of our money. When our time is well-spent doing what God has called us to do and enriching the lives of others, we are less prone to panic attacks and pity parties and more prone to the fulfillment of knowing that we are making a difference in the lives of others who might eventually come into a personal relationship with Christ.

Had I embraced the "future is now" philosophy, I would have set aside money for the rainy day in which we are now living rather than recklessly overspend our budget assuming that future income would pay off current debt incurred for things that we didn't need or couldn't afford. I would have learned early on "the secret of being content in every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want" (Philippians 4:11-12).

If we  can begin living now the way God teaches us in his Word to live, then one day we will be able to look back and see how each "now" led us into the glorious future God had in store for us all along. As we fear the LORD, he will instruct us in the way chosen for us and we will spend our days in prosperity (Psalm 25:12-13), blessed so we can be a blessing to others.

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1 comment:

  1. I completely understand Dee Dee. No matter how many times God has proven that he has my future securely in his hands and no matter how many times he has shown me he always provides I still tend to find myself worrying. I am however aware of this fact and strive to trust him more perfectly with each passing day. Know you are love and prayed for even by your long distance friends such as myself. Happy Thanksgiving and many blessings to you and yours!