Our Future Is with God
“Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes.” (James 4:14 NIV)
Life is a mystery, because we don’t usually know what is going to happen from day to day. That can make people uneasy, which is why all throughout history, people have been fascinated with the future. People just want to find out how things are going to work out. That’s how astrology began. People saw the stars, and they tried to look for signs in the heavens so that they could predict the future. Others used the entrails of animals to try to divine what was up ahead, as odd as that may seem. Add to this mix the Ouija boards, crystal balls and tarot cards that are still in use today, and we get an idea of the lengths to which folks will go to try to get a glimpse into the future.
The Bible actually warns the believer against saying, “Tomorrow I will do this or that,” without taking God’s will into account. In his New Testament letter, James tells us that what we should be saying is, “If it is God’s will, we will live and do this or that.” How sobering it is to think that none of us knows whether we will even be around tomorrow. This is especially true today, when mass shootings and terrorism and cataclysmic events are causing many to wonder if they will live to see another day.
Thankfully, the believer doesn’t have to cower before an unknown future. We don’t know what tomorrow holds, but we do know who holds tomorrow. How silly it is to look at the stars for guidance, when the Bible says that God created the stars in the first place, and calls them each by name. Wouldn’t it make more sense to look to the Creator than to the creation for our direction? The fact is that our future is not with the stars. Our future is with God. He has promised to order our steps and he has promised never to leave us nor forsake us. Furthermore, before he left this earth, Jesus told us that he was going to prepare a place for us, so that where he is, we will be also, when our life here is over. That’s a pretty good predictor of the future if you ask me!
Read James 4:13-17.