Proverbs 23:17-18 “Let not your heart envy sinners,
but continue in the fear of the LORD all the day.
Surely there is a future,
and your hope will not be cut off“
What lies in your future?
The question has long been asked and yet for those who reply, speculation is the only real answer. How can we know or understand the future if we are continuously trying to comprehend the present? It seems life has enough to worry about today than to concern ourselves with what might yet happen.
Future plans change because life is uncertain.
When performing an experiment it is imperative the one conducting the experiment controls the variables. Variables are conditions that may change which thereby change the outcome. If a constant temperature is needed for an experiment, then maintaining an environment that does not fluctuate is imperative. Introduce too many variables into an experiment and you leave too many ways for the experiment to conclude. Randomness only leaves the scientist with questions as to how an outcome might conclude without the control needed to verify the data.
Life has many variables.
How others act or respond can be a variable as well as our circumstances. You might have a car or bicycle that is reliable sometimes and other times it’s not, or with the advent of a pandemic much of what we used to expect has dramatically shifted. There are millions of different variables in life that can affect us, from sickness and health, to the environment, they are often too big to control or escape our ability to change them.
It is for lack of control that people often worry.
Since people can’t maintain complete control over their health, they worry about the outcome. Since many illnesses can’t be controlled or prevented, people worry about the next event that might occur. Financial markets can be unreliable, the weather, or a myriad of other things that affect our lives. Spiritually, evil is everywhere, and the continuous attacks of the enemy can cause great disruption in people’s lives. There seems to be no end to the dangers and opportunity for anxiety is always present.
Do you want to know what doesn’t change?
God doesn’t change.
James 1:17 “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning.”
In the midst of a world that seems to change by the hour, there remains a constant that never changes. The Lord is the rock and that rock remains steadfast through the storms of life.
Psalm 62:5-7 “My soul, wait silently for God alone,
For my expectation is from Him.
He only is my rock and my salvation;
He is my defense;
I shall not be moved.
In God is my salvation and my glory;
The rock of my strength,
And my refuge, is in God.”
What do you hold onto in the midst of the storm?
Everything in this life is moveable, except that which God has established.
All that we know and see in this world will perish….including our bodies. We have to get to the point where our perspective about life is kept in accordance with God’s perspective. Why concern ourselves with something that has an expiration date? Why try to hold onto something that will have no eternal value? Why do we allow ourselves to major on the minor things of life when all that really matters is kept in God’s hands?
Psalm 102:25-28 “Of old You laid the foundation of the earth,
And the heavens are the work of Your hands.
They will perish, but You will endure;
Yes, they will all grow old like a garment;
Like a cloak You will change them,
And they will be changed.
But You are the same,
And Your years will have no end.
The children of Your servants will continue,
And their descendants will be established before You.”
Did you catch that last line of Psalm? To be placed “before God”, is to be in His presence, before His face. To walk in the presence of God is to be kept in Him by righteousness and truth.
We see God’s face when we walk in Him. His strength becomes our strength, and His steady hand guides us and leads on according to His will.
We cannot control our future, but we can hold onto the One who does.
If it was up to us to hold on, I’m sure our grip would fail us. I imagine a tornado sweeping through a house, sucking everything up into it’s vortex and destroying all that we know and there we are, holding onto anything to keep us from being taken into the wind.
If this was all the security we ever had, we would grow despondent. Living in a bunker is no life at all. Trying to hide away from all that might bring trouble is to be captivated by fear. We don’t have to be held by fear.
Romans 12:9 “Let love be without hypocrisy. Abhor what is evil. Cling to what is good.”
When we cling to good things, we cling to whatever is of God. How do we know if something is good or not?
1 Thessalonians 5:19-22 “Do not quench the Spirit. Do not despise prophecies. Test all things; hold fast what is good. Abstain from every form of evil.”
Only that which is good is of God. The only way to truly know if something is of God is to have God show you. You can only understand truth by walking in the Spirit and the Spirit is only given to those who believe in the Son.
The Lord has revealed aspects of who He is, we need only understand what those characteristics are and we see how He has established them.
God’s Moral law reveals His Character
- God is good
- God is Holy
- God is Just
- He exemplifies Truth
- He is perfect
- He embodies spiritual light
- He is love
- His righteous perfection
- He is pure
- He is Spirit
- He is unchangeable
- He is eternal
To walk in faithfulness is to walk according to God’s moral law. To know God is to know Him and the greatest form of honor is to exemplify His character. The way we love the Lord is by obedience to these road markers of life.
Do you want your future to be secure?
At the end of a journey that is directed in righteousness stands the Lord. His glorious goodness is our meaning for life. Everything else along the way only diminishes before His splendor.
Your future is secure if it is going this way. I leave you with the words of Jesus…
John 14:6 “Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.”