Just relax! How many times has a good meaning friend or family member told you to just relax? I can’t begin to count the times I turned to someone when I was worried or fearful and the comfort I received was, “Just relax. You worry too much!” These words were not very comforting when I was in the throws of worry in regards to my future.
There have been times when my future was so unclear and anxiety consumed me wondering about the unknown that lie ahead of me. Times like during my divorce wondering how it would end or when I was moving to Dallas with my small daughter staring a new job and she a new school, neither of us with friends or social support. I no longer stress about the future and I would like to share with you why this is.
A very comforting thing I learned was that God knows knows everything that will happen in my life, good or bad. He knows my past, present and future as I can only live and see the present. I see my situation as I stand in it not as God sees the whole picture. He sees how I got to this situation, as I look in it now and how it will soon look as my future approaches. God looks down at the whole story all at once. Rick Warren once said, “He see your history because it is HIS-STORY.” I love this because it is so true. He planned me, knows me and has a purpose for me.
Hebrews 4:13 says,
“Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account.”
Also Psalm 139:16
“You saw me before I was born.
Every day of my life was recorded in your book.
Every moment was laid out
before a single day had passed. “
This proves to me that I need not worry because it is all laid out and my free will only interrupts His plan and future for me.
I try to remember also that God only wants good for me so why would I ever think my future didn’t include His plans for my life be amazing? I do know that I do have free will and this can lead to some not so good decisions but when I reel that free will back in and follow God’s Word I’m good. God has blessed me with a purpose and that purpose is to serve as He designed and for His glory. Even if you don’t know your purpose from God you still have the same great future planned by Him for you! You just need to tune in and find that purpose.
Jeremiah 29:11 is a favorite of mine. It is a good one to memorize. It is a clear, concise promise from God.
” For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. “
In this life there is only one authority and it is God. I know I must trust and obey God to have a beautiful future. I get God’s Will from God’s Word in the Bible. He tells me in the Bible how to live to have an outstanding future. Follow His Word and know He will always guide you through prayer.
I have had times in my life when I thought I knew what was best for me but the more I worked for the outcome I expected the more everything went upside down in my life. When I quieted myself in solitude and prayer my future became clear with God’s guidance. I meditate to allow myself to stop the constant thoughts that run furiously through my mind. I really couldn’t pray effectively until I quieted my mind and focused on God and sincere prayer. Confusion becomes clear when we are quiet in our minds.
” Trust in the Lord with all your heart
and lean not on your own understanding;
in all your ways submit to him,
and he will make your paths straight. “
Fear is the misunderstanding of who God is and what He has promised. If you don’t read the Bible you need to start to just understand God’s promises for us. God is good and faithful and ALWAYS keeps His promises. He has promised over 7,000 promises to us in the Bible. Here are five I put in bold type in just one verse.
“Fear not, for I am with thee; be not dismayed, for I am thy God. I will strengthen thee, yea, I will help thee, yea I will uphold thee with the right hand of My righteousness.”
God will also help us move through temptation as it comes upon us in our future. I have told you before in my blog that I once had difficulties with consuming too much wine daily. Three years ago I promised God I would no longer drink alcohol and promised to stand firm in this proudly which I have. I have several events every month that I am invited to that are centered around alcohol and I have to remind myself that God helps me say no to these invitations because I am placing myself into a situation that will weaken me. I do not want to fail Him so He keeps me strong.
It’s funny how I can tell others about my weakness and yet they continue to invite me and tell me that I can come and I don’t have to drink alcohol. Do they not recognize the setting for the event is a bar with very little food and full of every liquor known to man? I know they just want my company and I am appreciative of that but I know the promise I made and no one can get me to break my promise to my loving Father. I will control my free will for His Will.
Philippians 4:13 is another one to memorize to make life easier.
” I can do all this through him who gives me strength. “
I am nothing without God’s strength. A mere human walking on a broken earth with sadness and temptation all around. I have to remain strong in my faith to guarantee my future of love and happiness.
Lastly, God promises to reward my service and generosity. I once read that
“For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”
Jesus gave His life for us so that we would be forgiven and could live an abundant and beautiful life. We need to strive each and every day to be more like Jesus and Christlike in our actions. Follow His example on loving others, being kind and not judging and your future will always be extraordinary. Serve in His name always.
If you are worried about your future currently I hope these word help you. Please quiet yourself of thoughts and share a sincere prayer with God. Trust Him and stand in faith that He wants the best for you. I am always praying for each of you. All my love and gratitude, LoLo