Confidence in the future

by Stan Mitchell

“But I am not ashamed, for I know whom I have believed, and I am convinced that he is able to guard until that day what has been entrusted to me,” (2 Timothy 1:12)

It was Winston Churchill who best described the secretive Soviet Union government back in the early Cold War days: “I cannot forecast to you the action of Russia. It is a riddle, wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma.”

Of course the great British Prime Minister meant that as a nation, Russia was particularly unpredictable. Communist rulers feel little compulsion to explain their policies to their citizens; there is no opposition party to cry foul; neither is there a free and unfettered media to investigate corruption and mismanagement.

For that reason, one supposes, Moscow leaders were hard to predict. Yet there is a sense in which the future of every nation is uncertain, not because Russians are unpredictable, but because the future is.

The future is a mystery. Will I have a job next week? Will the dreams I have for my children come true? Will my operation be successful?

We cannot know the future, but we can entrust our lives to him who holds the future. When we peer into tomorrow, and it seems as if an “iron curtain” has “descended” upon us, we are forced to rely on a God who is dependability itself.

This is not to say that God is completely decipherable. He is God, and his ways are ultimately unknowable. He is trustworthy, and loving. That should be enough for us. While the future may be fickle, God is solid and eternal.

When our eyes grow dim, we can turn to him, for his vision of what will be, is perfect.

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