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?
Here is a song that has encouraged me lately:
“Already There” by Casting Crowns. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s099Omqw1_E
To hear more about “Fear of the Future,” listen to my radio show “Hearts Set Free with Elaine” on Sunday, October 13, 2013 at 8:30am EST. Go to www.wtis1110.com and press “Listen Live” or go to the archives later in the week.