TODAY'S WORD FOR Thursday, December 28, 2017:
Yet to come or happen; relating to a later time.
If the Lord wills, we shall live and do this or that. James 4:15.
For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope. Jeremiah 29:11.
KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE:
Time magazine had an article way back in a 1992 issue titled, “BEYOND THE YEAR 2000!” The writer wrote in the opening paragraph, that the unforeseen keeps making the future unforeseeable.
No one can dispute the fact that we have a very limited vision of the future. We plan for the future as though we had lots of time. None of us knows what the future holds.
In the verse above from Jeremiah we read that God who does know the future called Jeremiah to warn the people of Judah of the coming destruction of Jerusalem unless they repented of their sins of idolatry and rejection of the living and true God. They would not listen. Judah rejected Jeremiah’s warning and Jerusalem was destroyed and the people were taken captive to Babylon. The exiles could see no hope for the future. God does judge those who reject Him, but God never forgets those who love Him.
In Jeremiah 29:14, we read the letter that Jeremiah sent to the captives. It was a word of hope from God assuring them of a future because God controls the future and although they had abandoned God He had not abandoned them and God planned to bring them back from captivity.
James says to us in James 4:13-14, “Now listen, you who say, today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money. Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow”. We do not know what will happen tomorrow much less in the future days or weeks or years.
How many times have you heard someone say, “The Lord willing?” This really is a clear and concise message that God’s ruling hand controls the future. James does tell us in James 4:15 that “If the Lord wills, we shall live and do this or that.”
We all like to think we are in control of our life and make the mistake of making plans as though God does not exist. God does exist and is very much alive. He alone knows the future and He holds our future in His hands.
We can face the future with confidence if we always include God in our plans. We can be certain that our plans will disappoint us if we leave God out of them.
If you choose to flee God now, let us remind you that you will never escape His hand. His hand will hold the gavel of judgment and you will stand in front of Him someday.
God is alive and all who believe and receive Him as their Savior will spend their future in eternity with Him. Nothing can change this fact. If you have not received Him remember you do not know what will happen tomorrow. Make today your day of salvation and guarantee your future in heaven with your Lord and Savior.
Our memory verse for this week is found in Luke 2:14.
Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, goodwill toward men.
Thank You for sending Your Son Jesus to die on the cross to pay the penalty of my sins so I can spend my future, an eternity in heaven with You. May the words that You have given us in the book of James be words of wisdom to my family so that we can be witnesses for you leading friends and associates to an eternity with You.
These Family Devotional thoughts are written by Dr. Ken Phillips, Executive Director of America's Hunger
Solution, and his wife Dottie. Ken has had ministry positions
with The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, World Vision, Youth For Christ, World Opportunities International,
and World Bible Society. He also has consulted for more than 30 Christian ministries in management and stewardship
development. They have published a book called No Problems Only Situations that discusses the journey of their family.
Ken and Dottie have been married for 60 years, and have 6 children, 20 grandchildren, and 3 great grandchildren. Their
second book, TODAY'S WORD, includes 365 daily
devotionals and is now available for only $10.
Ken & Dottie Phillips
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