May 29, 2009

Uncertain Future

Written by Boyd Bailey

Uncertain Future… “Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight.” Proverbs 3:5-6

You may find yourself in a situation that faces an uncertain future. Business has run its course, doors have closed, clients have dried up, and you dread going to work. The uncertainty of how to provide for your family is causing you to react in fear. Fear of failure, fear of embarrassment, fear of loss, and fear of starting over; they all loom large in your imagination. But it is in uncertainty that Christ is certain to come through.

Outside of faith we do not have the faculties to discern the next steps. If I lean on my own understanding, I am certain to fret and be anxious over issues out of my control. If however, I lean on the Lord and acknowledge Him, then He will lovingly lead me in His way. It may not be what I expected or predicted, but His path produces the best results. Follow Him in faith and you will experience fruit that remains at work and home.

How do you handle uncertainty? What happens when a person’s behavior becomes erratic and unpredictable? There are circumstances and people you cannot control. Only in giving them over to God can you gain peace and perspective. Hannah understood this when she gave her son to the Lord, “So now I give him to the LORD. For his whole life he will be given over to the LORD.” (1 Samuel 1:28a). True trust gives over to God.

Follow the path of Providence and you will find hope and contentment. The way of Christ is your ticket of trust as you travel into the future. Don’t demand all your questions to be answered, instead walk with the Lord down the path before you. Trust in Him obeys today and is hopeful of tomorrow. How can I draw nearer to Christ during uncertain times? What lessons do I need to learn as I lean on the Lord? “Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment” (1 Timothy 6:17).

Related Readings: 2 Samuel 7:28; Psalm 112:7; Hebrews 11:8; Revelation 22:6

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