Find the strength to face the fu­ture in Je­sus Christ

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I start can­cer treat­ments (chemo­ther­apy) next week, and I ad­mit I’m scared. I know I shouldn’t be, be­cause I’ve given my life to Je­sus and I know I’ll go to Heaven if I die. But if I had more faith I wouldn’t feel like this, would I? What’s wrong with me?—

Noth­ing’s nec­es­sar­ily wrong with you; it would be un­usual if you weren’t con­cerned about the fu­ture. God put within each of us a deep de­sire to keep on liv­ing (what is some­times called our “sur­vival in­stinct”). If we didn’t have this de­sire, we’d open our­selves to all kinds of dan­gers.

Don’t mis­un­der­stand me, how­ever. God didn’t send Je­sus Christ into the world just to make us feel good, or to help us through life’s lit­tle bumps. Christ came to take away the fears and doubts that haunt us, and to give us strength and hope in the midst of life’s great­est trou­bles. The Bi­ble says, “He gives strength to the weary and in­creases the power of the weak . ... Those who hope in the lord will re­new their strength” (Isaiah 40:29, 31).

Right now you’re fac­ing one of the great­est crises you’ve ever faced. Yes, you’re scared — but how much more fear­ful would you be if you didn’t know Christ? As you face the un­cer­tain­ties of the fu­ture, take time ev­ery day — even ev­ery hour — to thank God for his pres­ence with you. You are not alone; Christ is with you! Thank him too for the hope you have of Heaven be­cause of him. In ad­di­tion, let the prom­ises of God’s Word, the Bi­ble, take root in your mind and heart as they never have be­fore. (You’ll find the book of Psalms es­pe­cially help­ful.) Je­sus said, “My peace I give you . ... Do not let your hearts be trou­bled” (John 14:27).

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