“I have been through some terrible things in my life,
some of which actually happened.” Mark Twain
I doubt you missed the news, but we’re about to enter a new year.
And we begin this year immediately after a nation-altering election. Some were confident before November 8th but are fearful now; others were fearful before the election but feel confident now.
It reminds me of how fickle both confidence and fear is to many people. And often the same person alternates between the two with little time or reason between the extremes. But believers have no reason for moving between breathtaking optimism and fatalistic dread. And the reason for this is that they are (at least supposed to be) ‘believers.’
We’re the ones who hang our hope for the future on more than changing political climates, economic ups and downs or the news coming down from people who supposedly know what’s going on.
They seldom do. We should.
Some see only what’s discernible to the physical senses. And don’t get me wrong, what we can see, taste, smell, hear and feel are real as far as those senses can take us. But believers have been given the spiritual ability to see through the obvious to what’s real.
Our ultimate future does not depend on which party is in power. The rise and fall of the stock market won’t dictate our security or lack thereof. The ‘constants’ in life that provide some measure of security to many really can’t be relied upon to remain constant.
Yet God has taken untold millions from one year to the next … one millennium to the next and filled their hearts and minds with soothing peace and almost giddy hope. Hang on to these promises as you walk through the door into next year.
Philippians 4:6,7 “Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.” NLT
Isaiah 41:10 “Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand.” NLT
Psalm 37:5 “Commit everything you do to the Lord. Trust him, and he will help you.” NLT
This week quit second-guessing the ‘what ifs’ of the future. Put your confidence and trust in God – He already knows, already cares, already loves and has already promised.