Faith is God’s gift to help us deal with the future.
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“Give all your worries and cares to God,
for he cares about you.”
1 Peter 5:7 New Living Translation
The day that Janice and I traveled to Blue Lakes Reservoir was the beginning of very wet weather for much of Colorado that included tornadoes and flooding. We might have anticipated this kind of weather gazing at these clouds, but then again, maybe these clouds would disappear.
How do we know what’s on the horizon?
The fear of what’s on the horizon might be on our minds: fear about our finances, family, or fitness. These fears might be rooted in some reality in our lives. We’ve been told that something isn’t right with our blood work. Our son or daughter calls us and says that they’re dropping out of college. We hear rumors at work that the company is reorganizing.
Fear of the future is a present reality for many of us.
I wish that Peter had given us the instruction manual on how to give all of our “worries and cares to God.” You and I know that God cares for us. We believe that he cares for us, but we don’t always know how to give our cares and worries to God.
The bridge between giving our anxiety to God and knowing that God cares for us is faith. Faith holds on to the reality that God cares for us even if we don’t know how. This faith in a compassionate God allows us to open our hands of worry and let God carry the burden.
What’s on the horizon? We don’t know, but we trust in the One who holds that future in the palm of his hand.
NOTE: Our hearts and prayers go out to victims and their families of the shooting in Colorado. May God raise up his people to instruments of healing.
Copyright Douglas P Brauner