“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths.”
It’s been on my mind lately what the future holds. When we started fresh in 2020, we didn’t think we’d be making history like that. Society has been largely problem free on the grand scale of things such as wars, depressions, and economic recessions.
Sometimes I feel myself getting frustrated or fretting over things like not being able to see my mom. Or I worry about what might happen if the unexpected occurs. Then I remind myself… God is in control and He is Sovereign. It wouldn’t be a lie to say this makes me sad. I’m a very joyful person, but I find lately we have to check ourselves and make sure we don’t succumb to the fear mongering of the mainstream media. We do ourselves a favor if we choose to immerse ourselves in reading, or hiking, or being out in nature in our free time and aren’t working.
I want to know what is on the path ahead. This morning, God reminded me, as I read the Bible with my husband, “In his heart man plans his course, but the LORD determines his steps.” (Proverbs 16:9)
How reassuring that it does land on the LORD to determine our steps as we believe God and follow Him. We just keep taking the next step in faith. We don’t know where the present destination will lead. Yet we know the ultimate destination. Sometimes, it seems we must just keep taking one step forward in the direction we believe He is instructing us to go. He will guide us into all truth, eventually. It just means we pray, step out and step forward in faith regardless of not seeing what is ahead of us.
We like to know what the future holds and we like control over it. However, faith means stepping forward, not knowing… Just as Abraham left his homeland not even knowing where he was going. God showed him and it was the Promised Land. How Abraham flourished there to because He followed God’s design for his life and not his own self will. He stepped out in faith and God lead the way. (Genesis 12:1-3, Hebrews 11:8)
Thankfully, we can rest knowing that God’s plan is best. We don’t know what the future holds, but we know it will involve times of great joy and times of suffering. God’s promise is that He will get us through to the other side into the Promised Land in eternity as we believe in Him.
That is the best plan. Today, I am trusting God with His plans.