In his biblical epistle to the Christians in Philippi (Philippians 3:13-14), St. Paul shared his take on the future as compared to the past (in part here): Beloved, … this one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, …. St. Paul was focused on the future. His take on the future is for our encouragement and example. He was not at all hesitant or unsure about the future—he was pressing forward into the future.
As great as 2014 may or may not have been, we already are well into 2015. Even though we do not know exactly or precisely what the future holds, we do know who holds our future be we Christian or not. The One who holds our future is Lord God Almighty, Creator of heaven and earth. By St. Paul’s example, we are to strain forward to what lies ahead. We can do so because we have God’s promise that He will never forsake or leave us. We have His promise that He loves us and that there is absolutely nothing that can separate us from His love. We have His promise that He shall supply all our need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus. We have His promise that He is our healer, that He is our protector, that He is our vindicator, and that He is our peace.
At the outset, I stated that the apostle Paul wrote his epistle to Christians. Be it known, however, that God meant it for everybody—the world that He loves according to John 3:16 The Bible’s content applies to me, to you, to everyone. From its content, I am assured that because God holds my future, I can face it with ultimate confidence. How about you? Focus on—strain forward to—the future.
Copyright – Rev. Curtis DeVance, 2015.