• heather&dr.ron

How I Ease My Worries About the Future

Updated: Sep 27, 2020

"So why should I fear the future? For your Goodness and Love pursue me all the days of my life". (Psalm 23:6)

I don't know about you, but I definitely find myself more worried about the future now than I ever have been. The world seems to be spinning out of control all around me and every day I hear about more shockingly horrible things happening in our country. It is also shocking to me how quickly things have unraveled. Looking back to the beginning of the year, life was pretty normal, but here we are on the first of September and it seems like a completely different world. Not much is the same as it was back then. It makes me sad to reflect on how much has changed this year, and how many of those changes have left us worse off than ever.

It's probably normal to be fearful of the future. If this past nine months is any indication of a pattern for the next nine months, it would seem we're headed for trouble. How can we not get stuck in a state of fear and panic? It would be so easy to do.

"So why should I fear the future? For your Goodness and Love pursue me all the days of my life". (Psalm 23:6)

Well, if we look to God's word, we can see so many reasons; only two of which are pointed out in this scripture. God is GOOD and God LOVES us! I found a beautiful devotion that explains this topic better than I ever could called God Wants the Best For Us by Charles Stanley from April of 2017. I encourage you to read it. In this devotional, Charles recounts the Old Testament story of Job and how a man who had it all and was devoted to God suddenly had everything taken from him. Throughout all of his trials, God NEVER abandoned Job; never stopped loving him. This devotional points out that through these trials we experience "our sovereign God is overseeing the refining process in our lives". We must always remember that God has a plan for our lives, and that plan is for our ultimate good and benefit.

Will we be put "to the test" as Job was? Hopefully not to that extent, but we all will experience hardships of some kind throughout our life - that's what life is. But God is always there because of his goodness and love to see us through those hard times. God won't leave us, but we can push him away. It's easy to want to look for someone to blame when things get tough, but God is not the one to blame. God is the one to run to for help, for love, and support. Cry out to God and tell Him your fears and your worries - lay them at his feet. Draw closer to God and feel the goodness and love that pursues you.

- Heather

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