We welcome back Katie from our Marketing team this week as she shares about the future and what God says about trusting Him along the way. Life is filled with uncertainty and we’re grateful for the reminder that God is with us, even in those uncertain times!
I’ve had a handful of discussions with different friends about the future and all the uncertainty that surrounds it. As a young woman in my 20’s, society tells me to constantly be working towards the next thing, but friends, what God has laid on my heart to share with you is much different.
Discontentment is defined as “the condition of being dissatisfied with one’s life or situation.” Really let this definition sink in. How often do we look at a certain area of our life and feel discontent about it? When we feel that discontent growing, where do we go to fill that void? The world tells us to chase after the things it has to offer, but God’s message is much different.
What I’ve learned in my own life is that the feelings of being discontent and uncertain go hand and hand. Often when we feel that sense of discontentment, we’re overwhelmed with thoughts about the future and can easily be overcome by uncertainty. This is when we must firmly plant our feet in what we know and what God has promised us.
Someone once asked me what it would look like to move IN the uncertainty rather than to sit WITH it. I think the answer to this question embodies the point I’m trying to make: the world will always be filled with uncertainty but when we actively hand OUR OWN uncertainties to the Lord, He will fill our hearts with His love, joy, and peace, and with those things, comes contentment and clarity.
When we actively carry our freedom, we’re seeking God in every area of our lives, and when we do that, He fills our hearts and minds with His purposes. When we know that ultimately our purpose in life is to serve the Lord, the sense of contentment overcomes us. That doesn’t mean that every minute of every day is going to be wonderful. We’re allowed to question things; we’re allowed to feel the emotions God created for us to feel, but what we do with those things defines the outcome.
God knows our hearts deepest desires. He also knows what is best for us and when it is best. Annie Downs said, “I try to do the things that bring God glory and bring me joy – without ever letting go of the hope that someday He will answer my heart’s deepest prayers.” This declaration is what we all strive for as Christians. We strive to carry out what God has called us to do, and at the same time, find joy in the midst of it.
Friends, what I want to leave you with is this: When we “seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, all these will be added to you” (Matthew 6:33). This is what it’s all about! God has not forgotten you. He just simply asks that you chase boldly after Him and in return, He will show you the way. Trust in His words, remember the things He has already done for you, and have faith that the God who created the moon and the stars knows you by name and has a plan for your life. Even in the uncertainty, God listens, and He, sweet friends, is at work.