Deniliquin Pastoral Times

How se­cure is your fu­ture?

- ~ Con­trib­uted by Bruce Driver of the Unit­ing Church, on be­half of the Com­bined Churches of Deniliquin. Religion · Spirituality · William Welch

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.

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