What Does the Future Hold?

Ahhh…new year. Clean slate. New beginning. Twelve months of potential.

But not everyone is optimistic about the future. Some say that if the past is any indication, we’re in for big trouble in 2018.

2017-2018Newspaper headlines from 2017 brimmed with accounts of disasters. We witnessed man-made disasters such as the Chennai oil spill in February. We watched as Hurricanes Irma and Harvey unleashed their fury. Wildfires ravaged California. Middle East tensions escalated. And North Korea has been making its presence known on the world stage.

The economic picture is gloomy, too. An out-of-control national deficit, combined with lower donations to charities have many worried. Aid workers cite “donor fatigue” in describing reduced giving to help victims of natural disasters around the world.

All in all, the baby new year has its work cut out for it.

Even as adults struggle with their response to uncertainties, our children and grandchildren are watching us. And they’re wondering…is our faith real? Do we trust God only in the good times? Is the future bleak because God is no longer in control?

How we respond to our circumstances—good and bad, certain and uncertain—speaks volumes to the children who watch us. If we really believe God is sovereign, and that He loves His children, we will trust Him for each moment.

God does not want His children—adults or little ones—to obsess about the future. He wants us to live in such a way that we will be prepared for the future by having dealt with our past. Unless the sin of our past has been paid for by the only sacrifice God deemed acceptable – His Son, Jesus Christ – the future will continue to be a source of fear.

No one knows the details of what the future holds. But we do know who holds the future…and who holds us.

And that’s enough for me. How about you?

What helps you face the uncertainty of 2018?

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About Ava Pennington

Ava Pennington is thoroughly enjoying her second career as an author, teacher, and speaker. She moved from New York to Florida, leaving a twenty-year corporate career as a Human Resources executive. But don’t call her retired! She now teaches a weekly, interdenominational Bible Study Fellowship (BSF) class of 300+ women from September through May. Of course, Ava writes. She has written for organizations such as Focus on the Family, Christianity Today, and Haven Ministries. She has also been published in 25 anthologies, including nineteen Chicken Soup for the Soul books. Her newest book, Daily Reflections on the Names of God: A Devotional, is published by Revell Books and endorsed by Kay Arthur, founder of Precepts International. Ava has also co-authored two children’s picture books, Do You Love Me More? and Will I See You Today? If you’re looking for a speaker, she delights in challenging audiences with relevant, enjoyable presentations. For more information, please visit www.AvaWrites.com.


What Does the Future Hold? — 6 Comments

  1. It’s unfortunate that we only hear about the doom and gloom! A lot of good things happen according to God’s will. And knowing that he’s in charge of all things helps me to face whatever the future holds!

    I love Jeremiah 29:11, knowing that my future will be forever with my Lord and Savior. This is why no matter how bad it seems it will not compare to the glory that will be ours for all eternity!

    Blessings to you my dear sister! Hi happy new year

  2. Thank you, Ava, for your outstanding post. The depth of our faith is revealed in the midst of trials. May we always demonstrate to the children in our lives the truth that Jesus reigns!

    Many blessings,

    MaryAnn Diorio, PhD, MFA
    Author & Writing Coach

    “Heart-Mending Books for the Young
    and the Young-at-Heart”

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