To have a future or not to have a future; that is the question we ask ourselves so many times. Nehemiah 4:4-5 reads:
Hear, O our God, for we are despised. Turn back their taunt on their own heads and give them up to be plundered in a land where they are captives.  Do not cover their guilt, and let not their sin be blotted out from your sight, for they have provoked you to anger in the presence of the builders.
The godly man has a future and the ungodly man doesn’t. The one who finds wisdom and trusts in God’s promises cries out that God Himself secures his future through His gospel promises. The one who lies in wait, wanting to lead God’s people away from God’s wisdom into what seems right to our selfish wants and desires, will stumble into his own destruction.
The prophet doesn’t measure his people’s future by what the wicked man accomplishes for himself today. He doesn’t boast when he falls. He won’t brag when he gets back up. There’s no place for boasting or bragging. In ourselves we are still wicked and sinning. But from God we receive wisdom that is good for our soul. God’s wisdom enlightens us to the fact that we are more wicked than we ever dared believe, yet more loved and accepted by God through Jesus’ dying and rising for us than we ever dared hope.
Trust God’s promises, not what your eyes tell you. No matter what happens to you. No matter how many times you stumble, how many suspicions you entertain or the heaviness and sadness your doubts, failures and bratty whining may cause you, simply trust that somebody else by His death and Resurrection has put you right with God. He gives wisdom to your dumb souls and life to your dead bodies. This is Jesus to whom all scripture points. He is God’s promise. He is God’s wisdom on two legs, in the flesh. Your future is certain, more certain and firm than any wall built with human hands.
In Jesus alone you are blessed with the “knowledge of wisdom” that is, “good for your soul.” With Him there is a future for you. Your home is not misplaced. God fights on your side. You are never in this world alone, but He is always with you to comfort and guide you through the challenges of life that draws you closer to Him and not leaning to your own understanding. If you find yourself wandering in the wilderness needing help and direction, attend a Christ-centered, cross-focused church next Sunday and receive God’s good gifts through word and sacrament ministry as God shows His love to you through His ordinary means of grace. In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.