Sometimes I find myself getting caught up in the unknown and even becoming slightly fearful of it. As a person who has placed her faith and trust in the Lord Jesus Christ, I feel slightly hesitant to admit that the potential realities of the uncertain future trouble me at times. I know that God has promised to never leave me or forsake me (Hebrews 13:5) and that He cares for me (1 Peter 5:7) and that He will supply all my needs (Philippians 4:19); and I even know that He has told me not to fear (Isaiah 41:10). But still I allow myself to think that there are certain “you never know“s that I could never handle.
I was chatting with my sister about some of this a couple nights ago, sharing with her one of my “fears,” when she simply and wisely said, “Don’t be fearful. You just have to live with faith.” I hadn’t gone into the conversation looking to learn anything; but God, in His marvelous way, was reminding me through her succinct words that I just have to trust Him. Never has He failed to see me through a trial and never would He. In a future that is filled with uncertainties, He alone is the constant on which I can rely. Nothing could ever happen that would separate me from the love of God (Romans 8:38-39).
What the Lord seems to be showing me is that I need to trust Him not only in the future but also with my future. I will continue to pray for spiritual and physical protection for myself and those whom I love; but I must also trust God now despite what might happen later.
“‘Do not fear, for I am with you; do not anxiously look about you, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, surely I will help you, surely I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.'” (Isaiah 41:10)