Friday, July 23, 2010

THE FUTURE

IF you ever catch yourself thinking about your future (whether worrying or wondering) you have got to: (1) be CONFIDENT that he who began a good work in you will carry that work to completion (Phil. 4:6-7), (2) TRUST in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding (Prov. 3. 5, 6), (3) KNOW God is at work in you, both to will and to work for His good pleasure (Phil. 2.13), (4) SEEK the LORD and His strength, continually (1 Chron. 16.11) and remember, (5) "No eye has seen or ear heard or mind conceived all that God has prepared for those who love him" (1 Cor. 2.9). Today I am thinking about my future. I have a lot on my mind and heart. I am comforted to know that God will reveal His plans to me through His word that is described as a light to my path (Ps. 119.105), by wise counsel that He will also place in my path (Prov. 15.22) and through emotionally disciplined prayer, Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, 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 your minds in Christ Jesus (Phil 4.6,7). It is not uncommon during a season of reflection, decision making or uncertainty that we become emotionally derailed. Worry is proportional to our sense of security. When life is going as planned and we feel safe in our life routines, then worries subside. Yet, worry can increase when we feel threatened or insecure. Final encouragement to you: “ If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all generously and without reproach (Js. 1.5) and, God will guide the one who is humble and will also show them what is right (Ps. 25.9).

2 comments:

michelle said...

This is a point that the Lord has been hammering out in me,and Steve as well, this summer. The Lord, in His gracious fashion, has provided wonderful opportunities for me to practice being "anxious for nothing." Well written, Dr. E :)

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