The Next 365 Days

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How can anyone succeed in life when the future seems so uncertain? Start by including God in all your plans; it's craziness to make plans without consulting Him first.

No matter what people claim, no one can accurately predict all that’s going to happen in the next 365 days. The best forecasts are really just educated guesses.

Changes in our society and world have not only increased in speed and intensity, but also in their unpredictability. How can anyone succeed in life when the future seems to be so uncertain?

Start by including God in all your plans. It's craziness to make plans without consulting Him first. He's the only one who really does know the future. So we should trust him. But sometimes it’s easier to say it than to do it. Letting go and relying on God can be difficult.

Proverbs 16:1 reminds us, "We make our own plans, but the Lord gives the right answer." This verse doesn’t mean that we should not make plans just because God has the final outcome in his hands. Instead we need to look at it as a unique partnership between our efforts and God’s control. We need to use our minds, our creativity and seek out good advice from others as we plan. But ultimately, the results are going to be up to him. In the planning process we need to ask for God’s guidance and then take action on our plan as we depend on him.

While you can plan for tomorrow, you can't live it until it actually arrives. Lots of people spend so much time worrying about the future they’ve got no time to enjoy today! Planning for tomorrow is wise use of your time; but worrying about it is not. When planning is done well – including seeking God’s advice – it can help eliminate worry. But if you’re consumed with worry it’s difficult to trust God.

Jesus said, "So don't worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today” (Matthew 6:34). God will take care of your today and your tomorrow if you trust him. Look toward the future by living one day at a time.

 

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