Deniliquin Pastoral Times
How secure is your future?
How secure does your future, or even your present, feel when you look around you?
The world situation we live in confronts us with more news of global crisis; pandemic, economic disaster, international hostility, and a climate in meltdown. Our leaders and politicians do not necessarily fill us with confidence that they have the ability to reverse any of these situations, and yet we see glib ads on TV assuring us that ‘‘we will get through this!’’.
Depending on who you are, you may have good reason to believe this, or it may be just a vague optimism, that things must get better than they are.
Christian hope is more than optimism. It is a confident expectation about the future, and who controls the future, regardless of the circumstances we see around us.
That confidence requires a trust in the One who controls the future. But, can we put our trust in someone we don’t know?
There is a great difference between knowing about God, rather than knowing God Himself. The Bible reminds us that it is only through God’s son (Jesus Christ) that we can know God as He really is.
The Apostle Paul tells us that ‘‘Faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word about Christ’’ (Romans 10:17).
This true God of the Bible has always been seen through the pages of history as being faithful to the people who trust him.
Paul tells us that Jesus, the Son of God is exactly the same as God.
‘‘He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation’’ (Colossians 1:15), and can therefore also be trusted the same way.
It is important to note that God’s promise is not that He will necessarily change our circumstances, but that He will be with us through those circumstances, and ultimately give those who trust Him, a safe heavenly future.
‘‘Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever.’’ (Hebrews 13:8)
We don’t need to know the future to have faith in God, but we do need to have faith in God/Jesus to have a secure future.