You do not know what will happen tomorrow. James 4:14
If you are anything like me, you have prayed to know the future more times then you feel comfortable admitting. First I wanted to know about college, then career, then who to marry, if I should change jobs or move or…you get the idea. Knowing the future would make things so much easier…right? Because then I would know what God already knows. And if I knew what God’s plans were I could…do what? Help? Everyone knows God needs my help…right?
Imagine real quick, you know three critical things about your future.
What if it is something you don’t (think you) want? (It’s very scary to tell a single person that they will have six kids.)
What if you don’t see how that could ever happen? How tempting would it be to manipulate people and circumstances to try and get that outcome? (10 cool points to anyone who can name a character in the Bible who did this…there are multiple of them.)
Or maybe you want it so badly…why not just go get it now? (Example: I am going to marry so-and-so, why not go do it early?)
I am convinced that God doesn’t let us in on the future (as Jesus and James both say) because we are meant to live one day at a time. We are not equipped to deal with a lifetime, a decade, or even an entire year right now (and when we attempt to, we…worry).
This is the gift of ignorance. It sounds like a curse until you realize Jesus told us the truth: Sufficient for the day is its own trouble. (Or in other words: You can’t handle the future!) But do not worry about your life…for Your heavenly Father knows what you need. Trust Him.
Come with me as we grow in fellowship with each other and our Savior to whom belongs the Amazing Escape from sin and death and the Amazing Journey into glorious life.