Right now, I am frustrated by the future. I am wondering what is going to happen in the school system that I am teaching in. Will we start on time? What kind of teaching will we be doing? The list of questions could go on concerning this subject. Then, I start playing guessing games as far as Coronavirus is concerned. Will I contract the virus? If I do, would I survive? My mind becomes a mental merry go around, and I sit in neutral doing nothing.
There are many other things that occupy my mind so much that I am left in a lethargic state of mind. I sit in neutral and wonder in amazement about everything that is happening such as the Coronavirus, the economy, my job, and even the racial injustice hatred that is gripping our country. I just sit and wonder and am not active in helping others like I should be.
We become so frustrated with the future that we don’t make the most of the time that we have in the present to make an impact for Jesus Christ. We need to stop this type of cycle if it is afflicting your mind like it is mine. I was reading in James 3:14-18 this past week and even preached a sermon from that passage. I talked about 3 things that need to happen if we are going to go faithfully and fruitfully into the future.
Today, I want to major on the first thing that we need to do according to this passage to be able to have a strong future of faithfulness for Jesus. First, we need to consult God in our planning. James identifies two ways you can plan for the future in the present.
In James 4:13, 15, it states, “Look here, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we are going to a certain town and will stay there a year. We will do business there and make a profit .. What you ought to say is, “If the Lord wants us to, we will live and do this or that.” In other words, you can do it all yourself (13), or you can consult the Lord (15).
What do you usually do when something goes wrong in your planning? Most of us have the tendency to try to fix the problem ourselves. The Bible is very clear that we need to consult God because He knows what we need for the future. Proverbs 16:1 states, “We can make our own plans, but the LORD gives the right answer.” God knows how to give us the answers that we need for guidance. Proverbs 16:9 goes on to add, “We can make our plans, but the LORD determines our steps.” The Lord has His hand on us and wants to direct us.
As you plan for the future, the first thing each time you start planning should be to ask God what He wants you to do and also what He doesn’t want you to do. You’ll find that God will lead you to a successful place even though it might be tough getting there.
In spite of it all, there is a verse that we ought to memorize. It is the one verse that shows what God’s goal is for us in the future. In Jeremiah 29:11, God says, “For I know the plans I have for you,” says the LORD. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.” When I saw that verse, I was once again reminded that God has my back now and in the future. With that in mind, I have made a new commitment to trust my future to Jesus and get to moving forward in my faith in the present. Let’s go!