There is something better ahead of us. We can have a tendency to get lost in the now – and forget that there is a tomorrow. There will be times when the people around us seem to be prospering and moving forward; times when it seems that giving deference to another is costing us good things; times when it seems that we are being trampled on; times when it seems as if our good work is going unnoticed. If we are walking in the will of the Lord, however, those temporary setbacks should not sway our faith in the future that He has for us.
Scripture tells us repeatedly that things will get better – that we should not lose heart, that we should not be discouraged, that we should not look at other’s success and get downtrodden, that we should not covet another’s achievements. We are reminded time and time again that He has a hopeful future planned for us; that if we trust Him – He will make the path before us plain; that as people loved and called by Him – everything works together for our good; that He will guide us and satisfy us; that He crafted us especially in the womb; that if we wait upon Him he will renew our strength and we will soar; that He will do the miraculous through His power that works in us. What’s ahead is not scary – we have HOPE.
I had a dear friend, Barbara, who was dying. I came home from Ghana to spend time with her – we went to movies, had pedicures, I went to chemotherapy with her — remarkably, any time that I spent with Barbara during those last days was joyful – joy filled – joy soaked! I asked her where the joy came from and she told me that she was spending every waking moment with her God – He comforted her personally every day. Then she said, “I have something great in front of me, and I want believers to see me and know how to die! He is waiting – it will be wonderful!” I was in Ghana when she died, but her husband says that her death was peaceful and that in the end she smiled and reached for her Savior and went home. If Barbara, in a situation that spelled defeat in the natural, could look hopefully toward her future – why can’t we?
There is no need to fear what lies ahead. There is no need to fret over what is happening in your now. No matter what it looks like all around you — take courage and lift your head from the place where you are — look to Him and allow Him to open your eyes to your hopeful future. He is amazing that way! Don’t let the storms cause you to lose heart. Don’t let what you can see cause you to doubt what only He can reveal. Now, in this advent season, remember that He was born so that your future would be secure! What a wonderful God we serve! What a joy it is to know – that He knows!
The Lord said to Abram, after Lot had separated from him, “Lift up your eyes and look from the place where you are, northward and southward and eastward and westward, (Genesis 13:14)