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November 4, 2013

November 4, 2013

"A Biblical Response to an Uncertain Future"

“Give your entire attention to what God is doing right now, and don’t get worked up about what may or may not happentomorrow. God will help you deal with whatever hard things come up when the time comes.” Matthew6:34MSG

Tomorrowis Election Day. No matter what the pollsters, pundits and prognosticators claim, no one can predict all that is going to happentomorrow, let alone in the next year.

Our first forecasts are really just educated guesses. Change is with us. It is not only increasing in speed and intensity but also in its unpredictability. How can anyone succeed when the future is so uncertain?

The Bible suggests three timeless principles for facing an uncertain future.

Set goals according to God’s direction.It’s foolish to make plans without consulting God. He’s the only one who knows the future. He’s more than willing to help guide us through it. Jeremiah 29: 11 reminds us that God has plans to prosper and bring us hope. What wonderful news that gives us.

Live one day at a time.While you can plan fortomorrowyou can’t livetomorrowuntil it arrives. Many people spend so much time regretting the past and worrying about the future that they have very little time to enjoy the present. Today is God’s gift to you, enjoy it.

Don’t procrastinate.Do it now! Proverbs 27: 1 says, “Never boast abouttomorrow. You don’t know what will happen between now and then.” Procrastination is a subtle trap. It wastes today by postponing things untiltomorrow. You promise yourself you’ll get around to it one of those days. The unfortunate is, sometimes, that day never comes.

What did you plan to get done in the last year but never got to? When do you intend to start working on it?

Peace in the Lord,

Pastor Don