Is something not going your way? I can relate. The future is unsure and there are somethings that we just can’t force to happen. Sometimes things just fall out of our control and there is absolutely nothing we can do about it.
I’ve been thinking back on my history with the Lord and the places he has led me and the ways that he has provided. He’s come through with huge things and then smaller seemingly meaningless details. Either way, it’s so comforting that he takes stalk in every part of my life. He is involved in it all. He doesn’t control it, but he has always known what is going to happen. Nothing is a surprise to God.
All that to say, when you look back on the details of your life and how God has come through, in big or small ways, its impossible not to see his faithfulness. I feel like so many of us are running around like chickens with our head’s cut off, stressed and freaking out that you will never know what the will of God is for your life, you will never get married and things will just never fall into place for you. Well I have some good news for you, if God has cared about all of the small details in your past, how much more does he care about the big details in your future. If we cares about where you have worked up until this point, how much more does he care about who you are going to spend the rest of your life with?!!!
I love what Roman’s 8:15-17 has to say about life with Christ. Our outlook on faith shouldn’t be that it’s scary and stressful but that it’s adventurous and expectant. We should be asking God excitedly, “WHATS NEXT?” Not dreading the next curve ball he’s going to throw at us.
15-17 This resurrection life you received from God is not a timid, grave-tending life. It’s adventurously expectant, greeting God with a childlike “What’s next, Papa?” God’s Spirit touches our spirits and confirms who we really are. We know who he is, and we know who we are: Father and children. And we know we are going to get what’s coming to us—an unbelievable inheritance! We go through exactly what Christ goes through. If we go through the hard times with him, then we’re certainly going to go through the good times with him!
All of this to say, most people in the bible that God used mightily on his behalf has courageous faith and trusted what God had next for them. One of my favorite examples of this is Abraham. He is famous for the promise that God put on his life. God gave Abraham generations that numbered more then the sands on the beach. He made him a Father in the faith.
God didn’t bless Abraham because Abraham obeyed all of the laws and rules but instead because Abraham, “Entered into what God was doing for him, and that was his turning point. He trusted God to set him right instead of trying to be right on his own.” Romans 4:3.
God blessed Abraham more then almost anyone in the Old Testament and trusted him because Abraham trusted that God would get him to where he was supposed to be. His life was marked by faith in the future that God had for him. If he could do that while living in the Old Testament times, how much more should we be able to do this now that we have the Holy Spirit living inside of us and empowering us to do the same.
I don’t know about you but I want to be marked by this same type of faith. I want to always have bold faith in the future, and hope because of the Gospel.