Future Fears – Part 1
Scripture Reading: Isaiah 43:1-5
Key Verse: Isaiah 41:10
So do not fear, for I am with you;
do not be dismayed, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you and help you;
I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
Changing our future involves changing the way we have done things previously in our lives. Most find this kind of change difficult and fearful. Once we “stop doing what we’ve always done,” we are thrown into new territory. Our future behaviors and decisions have no history, as far as results and what to expect. Many allow fear of this new future to drive them back into their past behaviors. Even though past behaviors have caused destructive patterns, at least they are familiar – thus comfortable. Somehow, we must deal with our inner “fears”!
Our scripture for today speaks to our fears and can rescue us from returning to our past. The first truth it teaches is that God is with us. As we venture into new territory, we don’t go alone! The apostle Paul encouraged the Philippian Christ followers with this same thought: “The Lord is near” (Philippians 4:5). If we can trust God’s Word, we can face our future without fear. Secondly, our scripture for today reminds us that God is our strength. God doesn’t just go “along for the ride” – He is our resource for any need that may develop. The unknown factors of our future will cause us to fear if we don’t trust that God’s provisions are already present – ready to help where needed! Finally, Isaiah 41:10 reminds us that it is God’s “righteous” hand that upholds us. He is our “avenger” and “defender”! Nothing and no one will harm us as we march into our future, without facing the righteous hand of God! If you are facing some fearful events, rewrite verse ten on an index card and carry it with you today!
Father, remind me that what I call an unknown future is already ‘known’ to you! Thank you for upholding me and providing for me. In Jesus’ Name, amen.