By: Gabriela Yareliz
Sometimes, we are afraid of what the future holds. We are usually afraid of things we don’t understand or things we can’t control. Uncertainty. It’s a scary thing. A lot of us like to feel like we are in control of something. It’s that desire to control that sometimes stops us from moving forward toward something that may bring us joy and peace. Life is complicated yet simple. Oftentimes, God has a plan for us, yet we fear moving forward or trusting in Him. The answer is simple: We should follow His lead.
The complication: Fear.
The solution: Trust and seeing how He has led us in the past.
I guess, life becomes simpler when we have greater faith. Faith can sometimes be like walking forward at an intersection in NYC with a blindfold on; the comfort, however, is that the person who is holding your hand can see the crosswalk sign and traffic.
Life is beautiful. We can’t resign ourselves and lose faith. Giving up is the easy thing to do; what takes courage is holding on and walking forward. No quitting!
When we decide what we want to live for, sometimes there are sacrifices. However, when we are so sure of what it is we desire, and when we know it’s greater than all other things, the cost doesn’t seem like sacrifice, eventually. Instead, it fills us with purpose beyond ourselves.
We all have our struggles. It feels, at times, that God is yanking at something I may have in my hands like a child with a stuffed animal that will not be rendered. I can say, that when we are willing enough to let God choose for us, we will never be disappointed. At times, His choice will not be our first, or we may raise an eyebrow in surprise. We may then decide we like the idea, but then, sometimes there is silence.
Life can look like it’s buffering– that is always from our perspective.
I read an inspiring book by Dr. Tony Evans called Destiny. I have been posting quotes from it for a while. Its final chapter, called “Future,” blew my mind. It wasn’t anything I hadn’t heard before. Instead, it was a bombshell of everything I know in a condensed, dynamite-type situation. God really spoke to me through it, and I wanted to share some of his points. I hope it touches your heart and fills you with peace and faith.
Quotes come from: Destiny, by Dr. Tony Evans, Harvest House Publishers, 2013.
[Page numbers will be in parentheses beside the quote.]
By destiny, I think of God’s purpose for our lives… it can be a blend of a lot of aspects of our lives: a calling, a job, a relationship, duty, service, love. Destiny, is not a destination, but instead you walk through it, hand-in-hand with God.
1. He has a plan
“‘I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans for welfare and not calamity to give you a future and a hope'” (Jeremiah 29:11)
2. He keeps His Word
Dr. Evans makes mention of how many of us do not keep New Year Resolutions, however, “There is One who has kept every resolution He has ever made. He keeps promises. He keeps His Word.” (174)
3. Your imagination can’t fathom
“He is able to do exceeding, abundantly above all that we could ever imagine. And He has resolved that your life is going to be a great life. It is a life filled with ‘a future and a hope.’ The surest way to live out your destiny is to fix your eyes on the unchanging faithfulness of the One who has promised that goodness and loving-kindness will follow you when you follow Him (Psalm 23:6).” (174)
4. He who holds your life is greater than all things
“Your life may hold some surprises, but I know who holds your life. And He says that you are to be of good cheer because He has already overcome it all. If He has overcome it, then you, His child and as His heir, have overcome it too.” (174)
5. Watch where you fix your gaze
“But if you keep your eyes fixed on the Lord and not on your circumstances, you will see that He who began a good work in you will also complete it.” (174)
6. It ain’t over–’til God says it’s over.
“When God says He has a plan, you know the story isn’t over.” (175)
7. He may be silent, but He is not still
“Remember some of your greatest lessons about faith and humility will be learned in the dark. These are the times when you feel so hopeless that you don’t know what in the world God is doing, how He is doing it, and why He is taking so long. God may be silent, but He is not still.” (175)
8. Seize the moment
“God says to become as productive as you possibly can where you are. Do all that is in your hand to do. Maximize everything that is set before you. Seize the moment right where you are. While waiting on God for your destiny, promote the well-being of the people around you now.” (176)
9. Stop looking at yourself, and hope will blossom
“People often lose hope because they are concerned only about themselves.” (176)
10. Things don’t happen on our watch
“Then you will call upon Me and come and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. You will seek Me and find Me when you search for Me with all of your heart. I will be found by you,” declares the Lord, “and I will restore your fortunes and will gather you fom all the nations and from all the places where I have driven you,” declares the Lord, “and I will bring you back to the place from where I sent you into exile.” (Jeremiah 29: 12-14)
“God knew their exile would last longer than they thought. That’s why He told them to be as productive as they could right where they were until they saw Him do what He said He would do.” (178)
11. God says He has the plan
“Rather than searching for God with all their hearts, as verse 12 tells us to do, people search for the solution to their problem or meaning in their destiny with all of their heart. They search for the wrong thing, so they don’t find it. God says He has the plan…When you find Him, you will find the plan as well because He knows what it is and wants to give it to you.” (177)
12. How to please God? Faith.
“Without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of those who seek Him.” (Hebrews 11:6)
13. He knows where He is taking you
“Sometimes God will seem to be doing nothing. Yet, He often works invisibly–behind the scenes–by turning yesterday’s pain into tomorrow’s peace. God is asking you to take hold of His hand and never let go because He knows where He is taking you.” (178)
14. He who promised and started is faithful
“What God starts, God finishes. What God begins, God ends. What God initiates, God completes.” (178)
Any questions? The answer is: Seek Him. You will never regret it.