The Impact of Knowing The Future

by Barry Newton
future.jpgViktor Frankl, a Nazi concentration camp survivor, acutely analyzed a fundamental difference between his fellow inmates. “The prisoner who had lost faith in the future-his future-was doomed. With his loss of belief in the future, he also lost his spiritual hold; he let himself decline. He simply gave up.”/1
While concentration camp survival might be a dramatic illustration, nonetheless it provides an accurate portrayal of our humanity. In whatever life situation we might find ourselves, if we are going to patiently wait upon God and live for Him, we need hope in tomorrow.
God knows this. Even before we began to visualize the contours of the anchor we need to fortify our soul, God had already provided it. Through the pen of Hebrews’ author, God reminds us that He is reliable. We are reminded that after waiting patiently, Abraham received what God had promised. God’s promises are certain. We can know the future.
Armed with certain knowledge of what will be, we discover strength to wait patiently through whatever present trials might appear. Since God has provided us exactly what our lives need, the only remaining question is how deeply am I embracing God’s promises?

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