Preparation for Future

Preparation for Future

Are you afraid or anxious about future? Many of us are but there is no need to. Because our future is in God’s hands. Like William Carey has said “The future is as bright as the promises of God”.

I know what I’m doing. I have it all planned out—plans to take care of you, not abandon you, plans to give you the future you hope for. (Jer. 29:11, MSG)

That sounds too easy for some people. They want to worry. They want to earn grace. But that’s not how God works. God offers us life and more life. We just need to trust.

I don’t want to hear any of you bragging about yourself or anyone else. Everything is already yours as a gift—Paul, Apollos, Peter, the world, life, death, the present, the future—all of it is yours, and you are privileged to be in union with Christ, who is in union with God. (1 Cor. 3: 21-23, MSG)

If God is the designer of everything what do we need to know about future? The main thing is to know that the future really is in God’s hands. But certainly we can prepare for the future. The upcoming season of lent is a blessed opportunity to slow down and create more space for God in our lives. God works in us today to prepare us to the future. We just need to allow God to work in us. Matthew Henry has said “God has wisely kept us in the dark concerning future events and reserved for himself the knowledge of them, that he may train us up in a dependence upon himself and a continued readiness for every event.”

What a God we have! And how fortunate we are to have him, this Father of our Master Jesus! Because Jesus was raised from the dead, we’ve been given a brand-new life and have everything to live for, including a future in heaven—and the future starts now! God is keeping careful watch over us and the future. The Day is coming when you’ll have it all—life healed and whole. (1 Peter 1:3-s, MSG)

We Christians are waiting for the second coming of Jesus and the future in heaven. But we don’t have to wait until then to live in the kingdom of God. If we are made right with God the Holy Spirit lives in us here and now. Yet we are still on journey. But more we stay in the presence of God more like him we do become by the grace of God. It’s not our doing. It’s a gift from God. But why would we want to hinder God’s work in us? More we surrender to God today better we are prepared for tomorrow.

Your life is a journey you must travel with a deep consciousness of God. It cost God plenty to get you out of that dead-end, empty-headed life you grew up in. He paid with Christ’s sacred blood, you know. He died like an unblemished, sacrificial lamb. And this was no afterthought. Even though it has only lately—at the end of the ages—become public knowledge, God always knew he was going to do this for you. It’s because of this sacrificed Messiah, whom God then raised from the dead and glorified, that you trust God, that you know you have a future in God. (1 Peter 1:18-21, MSG)

The best preparation for the future is to create a space for the sacred to enter in. Lent is a very helpful season to do that. During the season of Lent I will be posting every day (God willing) to help you in the process of making more space in you for the sacred to enter in. More filled we are with the Spirit of God more freely our faith is flowing. More filled we are with the Spirit of Christ more fully we are living our faith out in this world. More filled we are with the Holy Spirit more excited we are about the future!

Gracious God,
Come and create space in us for you.
Come and renew us inside and out.
Come and live within us now and forever.
Come and prepare us for the future.
Come and use us to reach others for you.
In Jesus’ name,
Amen

Be blessed, my fellow pilgrim, as you journey on. Rest assured: God is with you until the end of the earth!

Q4U: How do you prepare for future?

This post is part of One Word at a Time: Future Blog Carnival. Check out the other posts!

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