Summary: How do I face the many crossroads that will come up in an uncertain future?
FACING THE FUTURE
Let us reflect and absorb the Bible’s perspective of facing the future.
A popular saying is Religion is man’s attempt to reach God but Jesus is God’s attempt to reach man. We all come to crossroads at several junctures in our lives and we wonder which is the path we should take. Using the laws of observation, a dose of religion and counsel from friends and elders, we make our decisions.
The Bible which is God’s handbook for man leaves no room for nagging doubts and disastrous ventures. It is a forthright, truthful, divinely inspired and supernatural book that throws the truth before us, if we would care to consider the One behind the Book.
Proverbs 14:12 says “There is a way that seemeth right unto man but the end thereof is death.” In stark contrast to this is the sure assurance in Proverbs 3 : 5,6 which says, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not to your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He shall direct your paths.”
It seems quite strange that communion and communication with the Invisible God is a complex or a hardly thought of necessity. In this area much of human kind is woefully lacking and God seems to be impotent or dis-interested in communicating with His creation whereas the Apostle Paul regretted that “when it is time you ought to be teachers of the truth, you yourselves need to be taught the first principles of truth.” This fellowship with God is presumed to be the privilege of an elite few on whom we have to depend on when the resurrected Lord Jesus Christ fantastically declares “I stand at your hearts door and knock; if any person hears my voice and opens the door of his heart I will come into his life and fellowship with him and he with Me.
In a fast moving world of changing fads and fashions, unstable economies, even Heads of Governments are looking to the supernatural for some sort of guidance. Many great empires have come and gone. Babylonian, Grecian, Persian, Roman and such majestic empires have come and gone. The Bible says in I John 2:17 “Everything in this world passeth away and also its own desires and longings, but he or she who does the will of God abides or remains forever.” Jesus in a parable warned us about building our lives on shifting sands rather than on the rock of His word. To take it a step further, Jesus taught us that if we try to run our own lives we will lose it but if he runs our life, it would be sure. Of course He had in mind our well being not only for this world but also for that which is to come. For which person by himself or herself can assuredly speak of life beyond the grave?
Thus it becomes clear to us that we can confidently know and do the Will of God which God the Father as our Creator knows would be the right path.
In a dark world we have a sure light. In a world of uncertainties there is sure guidance. With the future unknown we can have the God of the future in our lives. Facing the future becomes easy if we consider and act on some of the outstanding and unambiguous directives in the scriptures. The Holy Scriptures make it plain that we ought to consider not only the existence but also the presence of God in our daily lives. As summed up in the words of the Apostle Paul who inspired by the Holy Spirit wrote in II Corinthians 5:15 “And that he died for all, that they which live should not henceforth live unto themselves, but unto him which died for them, and rose again.” This verse gives us not only a clue but also a clear directive of what we should not live for and what we should live for. This verse might suggest that God is asking too much of us. A greater study will show the Divine logic behind what is actually the simple and blessed plan of God for man
The word of God again say’s in Romans 1: that the invisible things of God are clearly made known by the visible things of God so that man is without excuse. We are cautioned in the scriptures not to be classified in the sight of God as people who are lovers of pleasure more than lovers of God, arrogant, proud, hateful, despisers of authority, those who have a form of godliness without power, etc.
In facing the future with the help and power of God I must say that the scriptures teach repeatedly from Genesis to Revelation that it is for the humble, the meek and the obedient and definitely not for the arrogant or the proud.