by inhonoredglory

The future is a fickle thing. To rational beings such as ourselves, we are irked when we cannot set our destinies out perfectly before us, when we cannot see the road of our lives turn and lengthen before us, the picture of predictability. More troubling is simply not knowing – not having a certain and infallible picture of what lies before us. In reaction, worry consumes us; we are tortured by the possibles, by the what if’s, the maybe’s and perhaps’s. How can we know what will happen to us? How can we be sure? How can we predict what is to come?

Simply, we can’t.

But we must understand that this is not the final answer to the question of life’s if’s, for life is not a progression of chances, a plodding series of meaningless circumstances. Life is too complex for that. The minuteness of science and the vastness of philosophy prove that there is Something greater than ourselves from Whom all knowledge flows. The truth of answered prayer and the sting of genuine conscience attest to the existence of a very real Someone behind the hopes of man. And this God is not a silent watcher or purposeless bystander to the events of life. He is active and participant in our lives and in the very existence of this universe, for the delicate bond of physical life could not be sustained without divine hands. This God is great and awesome, for Who could create conscious life from empty blackness? This God is caring and just, for Who can employ all the beautiful virtues in a single act of history, in His Son’s death and resurrection?

But this God is also full of all knowledge and wisdom. From before the beginning, He knew and planned what was to be (Prov. 16:9; Acts 4:27-28; Eph. 1:4-5; etc). From the infinite wells of his understanding, he molded the figure of history, from its greatest battles to its smallest deaths, for not even a sparrow is lost from His eye when it falls. This God of Heaven is the only One Who knows what is to come, for He is the only One Who fashioned the future. It is He on Whom we must place our trust and hope. He is the One we must look to when the storms of life water our view of the future, and He is the One we must trust even when it seems that the cycles of life are moving effortlessly.

And trust in God is not an empty thing. By holding dear what is true, we acknowledge a pleasing grace to His children: For God only does to His people that which is good for them (Rom. 8:28). This, however, does not merely mean what seems good in our eyes; it does not eradicate sadness and evil in the lives of His people, no. The promise means that, in whatever befalls us, God has set up an end that is for the benefit of our souls, for the improvement of our spirits towards Him. And often it is the sadder things of life that brings us nearer to Him than the glowing moments of ease. In the still and grave experiences, we mine deeper into our hearts, farther in our minds, to find eternal peace and meaning. So we cannot be surprised that God plans misfortunes for us; for it is, in the end, for our benefit, and for His glory. For even “the wrath of man shall praise thee” (Ps. 76:10), so how can we doubt His purpose in everything that occurs?

Therefore, we must be soothed, we must be calmed, by the fact of God’s great all-knowing nature, that He is always sure of what is ahead, that He is always the same in His graceful purpose for everything He does. The worries of life should never touch the leveled waters of our souls, for we have more than a promise, more than a hope; we have a God Who is real and active and in complete sovereign control over the littlest things in all of life.

God is a God of many facets and beauties. One of His pleasures is the gift of His purpose in the lives of His children. We, then, must trust Him; we must give our minds wholly to His will and His plan. For though we cannot ever know the future, we can live in peace, knowing this: that God sees only the future He put in motion, that there are no wondering possibilities, that there are, in the eyes of God, no if’s in life at all.

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