"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 a hope and a future."
Many people want to know about the future. While curiosity about the future is understandable, it is not always in our best interest to know. In fact, there have been several times in my life that I have been grateful that I didn't know the future.
When my son was accepted at the Military Academy at West Point, I am very glad that I did not know that soon after his graduation, he would be marching to war in Iraq. That definitely would have dampened the celebration of his acceptance.
And when my daughter was born, I am very glad I did not know I would only have her twenty years. Would I have made sure she did well in school and encouraged her to go to college if I had known the future?
While I don't want to know the future, I do want to know that no matter what happens, I can trust God for that future. As the above verse states, God has a plan for our future. His plans are for our good and we will prosper. That is a comforting thought in today's unsettled world.
The unknown of the future can keep us guessing. But if we know the One Who holds the future, we can be sure it will not harm us, and we will have hope and prosperity.
Dear God, Help me to remember that You hold the future. No matter what happens, I can trust in Your faithfulness. Amen.