The Temptation: If you tune into any news outlet, you are likely to find a common theme in the stories you will find: No one knows what tomorrow will bring, but be prepared to be displeased with what is to come. Whether they have discovered another cancer or disease that will threaten your life, or they are just repeating a story about a weak economy hurting your retirement, it seems like the future is bleak and only getting worse. We all have come across times when our planning and effort to prepare us for what lies ahead have hit the brick wall called life, and we find ourselves afraid that tomorrow is just as gloomy as today.
The Passage: “For I know the plans I have for you”—this is the Lord’s declaration—“plans for your welfare, not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.” Jeremiah 29:11 [HCSB]
Are you afraid love just isn’t in the cards? “I have shown this personal care and affection for years, only to find out there is no love in return.” God’s plans for your life have not changed, so try to find out what they REALLY are!
Are you afraid your accounts will never see the black again? “Every time I get close to paying off this debt, it seems like another crisis comes up.” God’s plans all lead to your well being, even if sometimes they lead you through hard times.
Are you afraid that you will not like the Doctor’s news? “How can the tests come back positive when I’ve always done what they say will prevent getting sick?” Knowing thatGod has a plan for your life should offer comfort and hope that what is yet to come is worth seeing one day.
The Challenge: This passage was spoken specifically to God’s chosen people, Israel, but don’t think for a moment that this isn’t true for your life too! If you believe in the same Lord as I do, then know that we can trust what the old hymn says, that “He holds the future.” That isn’t where the song stops though, as we are encouraged to remember that life has value because of our Living Lord. If you have recently found yourself afraid of what other bad news is heading your way, take some time to consider who the Lord is and trust that His plans will make everything right in the end.