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Frightened of the Future?

September 30, 2015

"Ooh, I can’t wait for our Halloween night bonfire!" I turned to see my son frantically jumping up and down and clapping his hands, as if he was on fire.

For a while now we’ve checked out of all secular Halloween festivities and used the time to enjoy each other around a backyard bonfire, cookout, and worship. It’s a wonderfully blessed time that we all look forward to as we spend the cool evening outside in God’s amazing nature; it draws us closer, both to God and to each other.

Incidentally, our backyard is situated so that if you sit closer to the edge of our property on one side, you can clearly see the street and sidewalk in front of our home. Due to that exact reason, my wife and I always tell our children to position their chairs with their backs to the street, so instead of focusing on those totally demonic (yes, I said it) costumes, they can, instead, focus on God’s amazing creation and us.

The truth is that, like Halloween night, much of what’s passing in front of our collective physical and spiritual eyes is pretty scary!

The world is basically falling apart! Several days ago, the pope made United States history by speaking to the United States lawmakers . . . in the very place where they make those laws!

It’s true that if we’re focusing our eyes on what’s happening in this old world, it’s easy to get pretty shaken up. But truly, there’s no need to be frightened of the future, as long as we, like my children, choose to keep our eyes on our heavenly Father.

Just as Peter, walking on the water toward Jesus, began to sink the moment he took his eyes off of Jesus (see Matthew 14:22-33), we will equally sink into fear, anxiety, depression, panic . . . and even outright turn our backs on God.

But if we daily choose to focus on Jesus by having a relationship with Him, instead of the junk of the world, we will be able to remain peaceful—even in the midst of the worst this world will throw at us. We are promised: “You [God] will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You” (Isaiah 26:3, NKJV).[1]

Ellen G. White specifically references fearing the future when she writes, “We have nothing to fear for the future, except as we shall forget the way the Lord has led us, and His teaching in our past history.”[2]

So, today—and whenever you begin to feel fearful—take some time to return your focus back to God and what He’s done for you in the past, and know for certain that He will bring you through whatever happens in the future . . . even those scary, awkward, teeny, little zombies.

[1] Scripture marked NKJV is taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

[2] Ellen G. White, Life Sketches of Ellen G. White (Mountain View, Calif.: Pacific Press Pub. Assn., 1915), 196.

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