Now faith is confidence in what we hope for!
We can look ahead with confidence, when we fix our eyes on God’s faithfulness. If we place our hope in the government, election results, political deals, our employer or any relationship, we may be sadly disappointed. But if instead we fix our eyes on a Sovereign God, who loves and cares for us, we will not be overwhelmed when the unexpected happens.
An assurance about what we do not see!
I wrote in October Share Four Somethings, that at the moment ‘ahead’ looks like a blank page. It is not possible to make any definite plans. And that is okay. There is opportunity for a new dependency on God, on waiting and allowing His plans to unfold. A time to develop a new level of trust – in relying on God for our strength and joy. To start to see His hand at work, in ALL things.
Looking ahead with peace
We can look ahead, to the future, with a peace in our hearts and minds, when we trust in God’s faithfulness. It is easy to claim the peace of God when everything is going well, but the peace that passes all understanding, is in and through times of trouble. In the middle of uncertainty, and unsettling times, we can receive peace from God.
Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.Philippians 4:6-7
The instruction not to be anxious, comes when there is an opportunity to be anxious! Rather than allowing anxiety to take hold, scripture teaches that we bring the troubling situation that we are in to God in prayer. Firstly we bring it with thanksgiving – that is when we thank God for all of His faithfulness to us. We need that reminder, more than God needs our thanks! Then we bring our prayer, our request or petition to God and we leave it with Him. As we remember His goodness, His loving kindness towards us, we receive peace that our future is secure in Him!
We bring our prayers to God with thanksgiving – because we need that reminder of His faithfulness, more than He needs our thanks!Tweet
There is no need to fear the future, whatever it may hold, because God goes ahead of us – and He is already there.
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