What the Future Holds

The Preacher of the Old Testament asked, “If no one knows what will happen, who can tell him when it will happen?” (Ecclesiastes 8:7)
There is so much about the future we don’t know. We can see some things developing, but we can’t be sure it will end up that way.
“In the day of prosperity be happy, But in the day of adversity consider — God has made the one as well as the other so that man may not discover anything that will be after him” (Ecclesiastes 7:14).
As the election moves ever closer and the polls make it too close to call, we have to leave things in God’s hands.
As loved ones lie on the brink of death in the hospital, we do not know what will happen.
Like Elisha, we seem always to be asking, “Is it well?”
We simply don’t know what the future holds, but there are some eternal truths upon which we can rely.
The God of all the earth ruled the past, rules the present, and will rule the future. He is always in charge, and always knows beyond the short-term. His plans will stand. “There is no wisdom and no understanding and no counsel against the LORD. The horse is prepared for the day of battle, but victory belongs to the LORD” (Proverbs 21:30,31). If the present or short-term future do not make sense to us, we need to trust that God will make sense of it all in the end.
God’s love does not change regardless of the problems we suffer. Paul said, “For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 8:38,39).
Planning a future without God is indeed presumptuous. James said, “… you do not know what your life will be like tomorrow. You are just a vapor that appears for a little while and then vanishes away. Instead, you ought to say, ‘If the Lord wills, we shall live and also do this or that.’ But as it is, you boast in your arrogance; all such boasting is evil. Therefore, to one who knows the right thing to do, and does not do it, to him it is sin” (James 4:14-17).
We don’t know the future, but we do know the God of the future. Hold to Him.

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