What’s going to happen in 2018? It’s always something. It’s always something to worry about? In my lifetime we have moved from year to year collectively worried about one thing or the other. Perhaps the greatest example of this collective worry involving moving from one year to the next was 1999-2000 (Y2K as people began to call it). I never will forget the phone call that I got from a well-meaning member of my church. He advised me to take all of my money out of the bank and just operate on cash until everything settled down.
All of this worry reminds me of the story of a man named J. Arthur Rank—an early pioneer in the film industry in Great Britain and also a Christian. He spoke of a time that he was so worried about so many things. He decided it was occupying too much of his attention, so he promised himself that he would give himself to worry only one day a week—Wednesday. So, as the week progressed and he found himself worried about something, he would write it down and put it in a box he called his “Wednesday Worry Box.” He concluded after some time that only 1/3 of the things that he wrote down still needed to be worried about by the time Wednesday came.
There’s got to be a better way to all of our fears and worry. There’s got to be a better way than even worrying just on Wednesday. In one verse of Isaiah, I see a better way. It’s a good verse to hang our hearts and hopes on as we move from one year to the next.
Consider Isaiah 41:10– Do not fear, for I am with you;
do not be afraid, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you; I will help you;
I will hold on to you with my righteous right hand.
God gave Isaiah a word of certain truth that would carry him through the uncertain days. I pray that it is a verse that will guide us in any uncertain days that we might encounter. In this one verse of Scripture, we see 2 statements of “Do not fear,” 2 statements of “I am,” and 3 statements of “I will.” From this sequence we can identify 5 promises for our future.
1. God’s Presence with us!
“I am with you”
2. God’s Personal Position to us!
“I am your God”
3. God’s Power available to us!
“I will strengthen you”
4. God’s Provision available to us!
“I will help you”
5. God’s Ultimate Promise to us!
“I will hold on to you”
Will you trust your future, which you cannot know, to the God you can know?
(This post is based on the message “Facing Our Future” which you can watch at fbclaf.org/video)