Do you fear the future? Do you fear the unknown? You’re not alone. Being anxious about the future is a common fear. But we don’t have to fear the future! We have a God who holds the future in HIS hands!!
Consider the words to this beautiful hymn:
God sent His son, they called Him Jesus, He came to love, heal, and forgive;
He lived and died to buy my pardon, An empty grave is there to prove my Savior lives.
Because He lives, I can face tomorrow, because He lives all fear is gone;
Because I know He holds the future. And life is worth the living just because He lives.
This song has always had a special place in my heart. Whenever I hear it, I can’t help but tear up at the thought of God’s faithfulness.
My battle with having a fear of the future
Having a special needs daughter, Leah, who at 25 years old is unable to read, write, take care of herself or be left alone, I sometimes fear the future. She will never get married or have children. How easy it is for me to let my mind entertain thoughts of fear, uncertainty, and anxiety. What is going to happen to her when my husband and I are gone? Who will take care of her? Who will love her as I do? Who will fight for her? Who will monitor her severe heart condition? Scripture addresses this type of thinking. In 2 Corinthians 10:4,5, it says
“For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ.”
Are these thoughts from God?
How can we control our thoughts? Negative thoughts enter our minds seemingly beyond our control, but what do we do with them? Random thoughts pop into our minds at times, but we don’t have to dwell on them. Instead, we should replace them with truths. Some of the truths we should be dwelling on are how God is good, God is sovereign, God doesn’t make mistakes, God does all things perfectly, and nothing in this world can happen without the permission of a compassionate God. Philippians 4:8 says
“Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence, and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things.”
We serve a God who loves us so much, is with us always, and sees all our fears and insecurities. What a comfort to know that He is in control of the future. We can face tomorrow with all its uncertainties because our lives are truly in HIS LOVING HANDS!!
WE CAN FACE TOMORROW with the assurance that HE is in total control!!
As far as having peace about the future, God has provided a way for us to have perfect peace through some beautiful promises in His word. Philippians 4:6,7 says, “Be anxious for nothing but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” Whenever we are anxious about something and we go before the LORD, pouring our hearts out (supplication), He will give us a peace as nothing else can.
A dear friend and sister in the church who has recently gone home to the LORD used to describe what she would do when she was anxious. She would picture her fears as sticks, tie them in a bundle and place them at Jesus’ feet. How I love this picture! God wants His children to not be burdened with fear and worry. 1 Peter 5:7 says,
“Cast all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.”
Just like a loving parent would not want their child to be filled with anxiety and would gladly take away that worry if possible, so much more does our heavenly Father not want us to fear the future!
When Leah was a baby, she was in the hospital (most of that time on life support) for thirty-five days. She has something called hypoplastic left heart syndrome, which is when your left atrium and left ventricle are not developed, basically leaving you with half a heart. Her life hung in the balance for most of those thirty-five days. The doctors did not give us much hope that would live very long and God never promised us she would have a long life. In fact, we weren’t promised another day with her. Our peace never came from knowing that she would live; our peace came from knowing that GOD was in control!! Her first surgery was a very long and difficult one, leaving her neurologically impaired due to oxygen deprivation. The neurologists did not know if she would ever walk or talk. Well, now a whole new set of worries can easily manifest if not for God’s amazing grace. We have had many times of fear and anxiety creep in over the years, but I know my heavenly Father is always there waiting for me to come to HIM for that peace that passes all our understanding.
Remember “God’s grace is sufficient“.