Not long ago an old familiar fear returned and tried to taunt me.
That fear? Fear of the future.
As I pondered my battle with this fear, God whispered a reminder to me–that fears don’t originate with Him.
Lately I’ve examined some triggers that cause these fears in my life to arise, and I’ve determined to place all these concerns in the Lord’s keeping.
#1 problems in relationships
#2 getting older
#3 change in finances
#4 loved ones wandering further from the Lord.
Fear of dementia is a fear that I battle, which goes along with #2 above. I fear it for myself and especially for my husband who has dementia on both sides of his family. If I let it, that fear can torment me—especially when I work with the elderly who have severe dementia.
Instead of saying, “I’m so afraid that’s going to happen in my future,” I can say, “If that happens, God will be with me and He will give me and family members the grace we need to deal with it. He will find some way to bring blessing from it.”
It is the mystery about what lies ahead that sometimes can seem frightening. But since God is the one who writes the mystery and in the end we know it is a happy ending if we belong to Him, we can let go of fear.
God wants me to stay focused on Him and not on what ifs about the future. Repeatedly He reminds me of this verse:
For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future (Jeremiah 29:11 NIV).
The bottom line of fear of the future is a failure to trust God. I like the way Corrie ten Boom addresses this: “Never be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known God.”
As I get to know God more through His Word, I discover how truly trustworthy He is. One thing I can trust Him for is to release me from fears.
I sought the LORD, and he answered me and delivered me from all my fears. Psalm 34:4 ESV
The good news when fears come is that He knows the future. And He know my future.
If I let go of fear of the future, then I can be free to enjoy the present and be more open to what God is doing and what He is calling me to do. I can live the abundant life He has in mind for me.
Today I celebrate what God is doing right now and how far He’s brought me—His faithfulness. And I pray for grace to trust Him to take care of me in the days ahead.
How about you? Will you let go of fear of the future and trust God to take you safely through the days, months, and years ahead?
Hello, Elaine, Theresa here ….Yes I asked the Lord recently , how? As in how will I care for my self as I get older. ????? What I believe I heard him say, I am willing to be wrong but He said did not I care for you when you were operatored on in 1990,or when your children were sick and you had no medical no doctor….oh yea of little faith, Lord help thou my faith…
Elaine, that song has been a great comfort to me, also…i wrote a blog post about it here… “Our Lord Jesus Christ used these lyrics: “When I’m lost in the mystery…to You my future is a memory,” on the Casting Crowns song, Already There, to help give me His wide-angle view of my life … a little glimpse of what it will be like when we step out of time and into eternity and see the panorama of the past, the present, and the future all-at-once …“For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.”—I Corinthians 13:12
“All your sins were future when Jesus died.”
“All that will be is not now yet.”
“Faith is being able to visualize as true and real already what God is yet to do.”
“Trusting God means looking beyond what we can see to what God sees.”
“When we step out of time and into eternity everything will be one big panorama. We will see the past, the present, the future all-at-once—perfectly unfolded and it will all work together for good to those who love God—and it will all make sense.”—Pastor Ray C. Stedman