GIF Fear of the Future
“I am the Lord your God who upholds your right hand, who says to you, ‘Do not fear, I will help you’.”
Fear of the Future
by Larry Burkett
Christians cannot truly serve God and live in fear of the future. Your ability to serve God will be hindered if you do. Many of the decisions God’s people make on a day-by-day basis are motivated by fear of the future, not by trust in God.
For instance, many people stay with jobs they dislike because they fear change. This is particularly true with those who are 40 and older. Society has convinced us to a large degree that those over 40 are past their prime. What nonsense this is! It runs totally contrary to God’s intention.
Fear of the future causes Christian families to scrimp and sacrifice for the elusive day known as retirement.
Often the total focus of the earlier years is toward the eventual day when “we can relax and enjoy ourselves.” Unfortunately, the same fear that necessitated the hoarding for the retirement years forces further sacrifices—“just in case.”
I don’t mean to imply that planning is not God’s will; obviously, it is. But when a Christian looks inside and finds primary attitudes of fear and worry, bondage has occurred. Ask God to deliver you from that bondage.
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