“Come now, you who say, ‘Today or tomorrow we will go into such and such a town and spend a year there and trade and make a profit’ – yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes. Instead you ought to say, ‘If the Lord wills, we will live and do this or that.’” James 4:13-15
Would you rather travel back in time or to the future? It seems like most people say they want to travel to the future to see what happens or they want to travel back in time because they’re scared or nervous to see the future.
We live in a culture where basically all questions can be answered and nothing is really unknown. But the future is and that’s why it can make many of us anxious. We all want to know exactly what God’s will is for us instead of trusting in God’s promises and provision. We are not content in the promise that God will be with us.
In a great book called Just Do Something, the author says, “We want God to show us the end from the beginning and prove to us that He can be trusted. We want to know what tomorrow will bring instead of being content with simple obedience on the journey.”
We worry in the wrong way sometimes about wanting to do God’s will. We think, “Is it God’s will for me to go to this college or that college?” or “Is it God’s will for me to date this person?” But no matter what we do we can remain in God’s will, which is to “act justly, love mercy, and walk humbly with God.” (Micah 6:8).
When we think about the future we should not be anxious. We should be hopeful and humble and peaceful because we know that God controls it and not us. Don’t try to control the future. Be confident that God is in control of your life and wants the best for you. God is always working for good even when we can’t see it. So rest in Him and live each day for Him.