A Humble Reminder That You Are Not God
"You search out my path and my lying down and are acquainted with all my ways. Even before a word is on my tongue, behold, O Lord, you know it altogether. You hem me in, behind and before, and lay your hand upon me. Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is high; I cannot attain it." Psalm 139:3-6
Last week I had convinced myself that I know what the Lord has in store for my future: more loss and more suffering. I had all the details planned out in my mind, from what would happen, to the lessons I’d learn. And boy, did I feel like I was right. Two friends confessed to me today that they too have this “guessing the future” tendency. Do you know what else we have in common? None of us truly know what's in store for the future because none of us are God.
No matter how much we strive to peek around the corners of our lives or claw at the knowledge only held by a sovereign God, we cannot know what will happen even an hour from now. Every time we seem to be proven correct about a situation, we can be sure it was a only a “lucky” guess.
You and I are not God. We don’t know, we can’t know, and we won’t know the future until the future becomes our present. Learning to rest in God’s sovereignty and goodness is an unending lesson in my life. Today is hard enough, and I need not add to it by worrying about what could or could not come to pass. He gives grace for right now, in this moment. He alone holds the knowledge of the future, and we can trust Him with that.
Listen to the wise words of Elizabeth Elliot: “Today is mine. Tomorrow is none of my business. If I peer anxiously into the fog of the future, I will strain my spiritual eyes so that I will not see clearly what is required of me now.”
Father, I thank You that we can fully trust Your sovereign hand with every part of our life. I pray for grace to fight our tendency to seek out the future in worry. In Jesus' name, Amen.
Read Isaiah 46:8-11 and pray God would ingrain the truths found there into your mind.