The one thing that I get asked about more than anything else, particularly by young people, is about the future. We have an obsession with knowing what the future holds. Most people I know who are not Christians, have been to a fortune teller, a spiritualist church or used a Ouija board. Why?
Everyone wants to know what the future holds for them. Who shall I marry, what job shall I do, should I go travelling?
Now I could give you my opinion and I could offer you some very wise advice, but at the end of the day, I don’t know and I never will, but what does God say?
For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.
My future is in your hands.
She is clothed with strength and dignity, and she laughs without fear of the future.
Everything has already been decided. It was known long ago what each person would be. So there’s no use arguing with God about your destiny.
they chatter on and on. No one really knows what is going to happen; no one can predict the future.
105 Your word is a lamp to guide my feet
and a light for my path.
The way I understand it is this:
God created me
God can see every day of my life from the beginning to the end.
He has prepared good works in advance of my birth for me to do.
He doesn’t show us the full picture all at once because it would be too scary for us.
He shows us one step at a time and lights up the next step as we get to it. As a child we used to go camping around the UK, usually in the middle of a field with toilet blocks half a mile across wet grass. When it came time to brush our teeth, we put on our wellies, grabbed a torch and set off. I had many different torches growing up, one of them had a twisty end that changed the beam from white to green and then red, and then a mixture of all 3! the one thing all my various torches had in common was that you couldn’t see very far ahead or very wide, just a pool of light showing my wellied-feet the next step.
But the Word God placed on my heart today was about motion.
Have you ever tried to push a car that was stationary? I have! It doesn’t move. However, once it gets going even if I can push a car by myself because motion creates motion.
Have you ever tried to turn the steering wheel on a car when it is not moving? It is almost impossible. But once the car is moving it is easy to steer (now we have power steering that is!).
God has placed dreams in your heart and you are waiting for them to just ‘happen’ without doing anything about it, but God wants you to start to move towards those dreams. Once you start moving, God can direct you (or re-direct you) easily, but it’s very hard to give direction to someone who is plonked down in the middle of the road and not moving.
It is too easy to just let life happen round us without actually grabbing it and doing something. Especially the speed at which time is passing at the moment! Days just disappear! I have been so guilty of this. A year ago I spoke at The Message about doing the last thing that God told you to do, and I shared that God had told me to start writing. However, I always had an excuse and never actually got round to doing it. I wrote it in my diary in January 2014 to remind me to get on with it. This January, I looked back a year and couldn’t believe my eyes. I thought it had been about a month since I wrote it and yet another year had passed with my doing virtually nothing to move towards a goal I believe God set for me! So this year is a year of action (as you can see I finally started!).
What are the dreams God has placed deep in your heart? Maybe it is to write? Well start writing. It won’t happen by accident, but on purpose. A book won’t suddenly appear on your desk that you wrote unless you start to write. We have to be on purpose about life. Start by putting some words down on a page.
We have to be on purpose about life
Maybe your dream is to be an events organiser. Organise a fundraising event. Start somewhere.
Maybe it is to be a teacher – look into courses, start studying.
Maybe it is to be do mission work. Get on a trip with your local church or missions organisation (I can recommend some if you don’t know of any).
Don’t just let life happen to you, get up and grab it by the horns.
Study, pray, develop yourself, start moving towards your dream, and then God can steer you at the right moment.