What will the future hold?

The simple and straight forward answer to this question is ‘Nobody knows!’ But we humans just aren’t satisfied with this sort of answer. It doesn’t answer all the questions that we have which connect, link and stem from this vital question that we are so desperate to know a meaningful and helpful answer too.

When talking about the future ina Christian context, people like to hurl a cliche (but very good) Bible verse at the one asking this very question,

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. ~ Jeremiah 29:11

This is all very good and very true, but sometimes it’s very hard to take in and grasp. I guess the second bit of the verse is especially hard. Because sometimes, we are harmed and life can seem pretty messed up!

But after looking up a few more verses, I’ve found that so much more meaning and value to this verse is added when reading this verse:

Many are the plans in a man’s heart, but it is the LORD’s purpose that prevails ~ Proverbs 19:21

What this verse is saying is that we have so many ideas and plans, and we think we can impose them upon God’s plans. But reading these two verses together, we can make a few conclusions:

  1. God has a plan for us
  2. It’s not to harm us
  3. It’s to prosper us
  4. The plan gives us hope and a future
  5. It is God’s purpose that prevails in someones life, which is the reason God knows the plans for our lives.
What I’m trying to say is that ‘What does the future hold?’ isn’t really the right question we should be asking. The right question we should be asking is ‘Who holds the future?’
When we realise that it is God who has it all under control, we can then abandon ourselves to his love, care and promises. There is then no need to fear.

Dean Roberts

Dean is a Minister in the Anglican Church. Currently he is Curate in the parishes of Bedwas, Machen, Michaelston-y-Fedw and Rudry in South Wales. He was born and bred in Wales, is married to Megan, and has two dogs called Taliesin and Melyn, and two cats named Sinsir and Hâf. He graduated from Cardiff University with a BA Hons. in Theology & Religious Studies, and has studied for an MA in Theology, Ministry & Mission at Trinity College Bristol. He also holds a Cert.RSCM from the Royal School of Church Music. He loves playing music, walking, reading, blogging and horse riding as well as going to the cinema and theatre. Read More @ http://deanroberts.net/about