For the rest of this year, we will be looking ahead – looking ahead to what God has promised about the future.
But we do not want to forget that the “future” also includes the very next hour we are living on this earth. It’s this evening, and tomorrow morning. The future stretches ahead of us, beginning today and on into eternity.
And God’s promises—our bridges of hope—hold sure, from now until we live on a new earth, with new bodies and natures, under a new rule.
So I will try each week to remind you that we do not only look forward to a new life and new world someday, but we are living this new life now. God’s plan is unfolding now.
We’re right with God.
We have peace with God.
We’re standing in a place of undeserved privilege.
We can look ahead — and rest today — in joy and confidence.
(See Romans 5:1,2)
This sounds like a pretty good place to be! Rejoice in it today, child of God.
Taste and see that the LORD is good.
Oh, the joys of those who take refuge in him! (Psalm 34:8)
O LORD my God, you have performed many wonders for us.
Your plans for us are too numerous to list.
You have no equal.(Psalm 40:5)
These are phrases repeated over and over in the Psalms. The Lord is good to those who trust Him. His plans for us are good. He does great things for us. He holds us by the hand and will not abandon us.
Those are promises we hold onto for our earthly future—for tonight, tomorrow, the next day.
We go marching ahead, keeping our eyes on the One who is invisible, because He is working out His plan for us in this very moment.
It’s all so wonderful, even the angels are eagerly watching as His plans unfold.
I am trusting you, O LORD,
saying, “You are my God!”
My future is in your hands.
(from Psalm 31:14-15)