College students like us are constantly thinking about the future. I mean, everything from our grades to our jobs to the clubs we’re in could basically come back to haunt us for the rest of our lives. Then there are the constant decisions. What job do I want? When do I want to start working? Where do I want to live? etc. etc. It feels as if we are making one life-changing decision after another, and the pressure is sometimes overwhelming.
Benjamin and I have been praying and praying about what God wants our future to look like, and we just aren’t hearing answers. People say God will guide us and that He knows and holds the future, but how can we be sure? How can we know?
Thankfully, people aren’t just saying those things about God’s guidance to be comforting. There is solid proof in His Word that we can lean on when we doubt.
First, we know that God sees the most minute details of the future. Just look at Psalm 139:4. It says, “For there is not a word on my tongue, but behold, O Lord, You know it altogether.” Each one of us is a speck on Earth in a day which is a speck in history, but God knows exactly what each of us is going to say in the next 5 minutes and the next 5 years. God sees the whole picture.
Then, we know that God is working in circumstances for His purposes. Romans 8:28 is a verse that people love to quote. It says, “And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.” This verse doesn’t necessarily mean that we will get the good that we want, a good that is beneficial in a worldly way, or even necessarily a good that we will see, but it does mean that God’s purposes, the good God intends, will always come through in situations. When we are facing an unknown future, we can know that God will absolutely work for good through it, no matter what. And that’s comforting.
Along the same lines, Proverbs 19:2 tells us, “There are many plans in a man’s heart, nevertheless the Lord’s counsel—that will stand.” We might be making some lovely little plans for ourselves, but in the end, it’s God’s perfect will that stands.
But this still hasn’t proved that God will actually guide us through to the future… So what else do we know?
In Psalm 32:8, when talking to David and about those who follow after Him, God says, “I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will guide you with My eye.” That’s a promise from a God who never breaks promises. He will teach us, guide us, and have His eye upon us, always.
James 1:5 also says, “If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him.” If we need wisdom and guidance and ask for it from God, He will give it to us.
We just need to keep a couple of things in mind. First, we have to actually be asking God for wisdom and guidance. We have to be in a close enough relationship with Him to then hear the guidance. And finally, we have to remember that God’s guidance will be in His timing and His way. It won’t necessarily look like what we expect. Sometimes He might just orchestrate circumstances (Acts 12), sometimes He might prompt us with the Holy Spirit (Acts 16:6), sometimes He might use other people (Proverbs 15:22)…and the list could go on.
As long as we are in God’s Word and really in relationship with Him, though, we can know, truly know, that He can and will guide us in the way we should go. We can know that He has a plan for us that fits His purposes and that will stand.
We have no need to fear or worry about the future. It is already under control.