How To Overcome Fearing The Future

The world’s fear of the future is real.

Airports around the world have become military camps beefing up their security because the fear of nuclear terrorism.

And considering the evidences of global warming unless we act with urgency, we and our environment may suffer dreadful consequences because of significant climate change.

Many believe the cause of global warming is human activities such as burning fossil fuel.

What do you think?

I’ve witnessed co-workers quitting their jobs after we were forced to shut down one of our coal-fired boilers (largest source of carbon dioxide) because it fail to past the EPA’s clean air regulations.

The fear of what might happen was the driving force behind their decision.

Although our company did say only a few people would be laid off many quit and the only alternative for our company was to do more hiring.

On the home front parents fear their children using the internet because of  prowling pedophiles.

Years ago parents had a computer in an open area believing this would reduce their child’s temptation toward the dark side of the cyber world.

Today, children carry the internet and pedophiles everywhere they go via cell phone.

Identity theft is so common nowadays that when financial institution see any transactions made out of the norm, they’re quick to put a hold on our account and that can become very frustrating and inconvenient for us all.

And one could only imagine the future looking very scary to an elder fearing being neglected in a nursing home.

Who’s responsible to make us feel secure about our future?

Is it the government responsibility?

Will our children live in a better world?

Will the earth be destroyed?

Is our future in peril?

In this article I will address these questions.

What does our hope for a secure future depends on?

They promise them freedom, while they themselves are slaves of depravity–for a man is a slave to whatever has mastered him. (2 Peter 2:19 NIV)

Many people believe the U.S government was responsible for 9/11.

Government corruption is viewed worldwide as the most corrupted institution in The Global Corruption Barometer 2013 report followed by police, public officials, the legislature and judiciary respectively.

Power and greed causes some officials to steal or accept bribes.

Then they raises taxes to make up for their losses.

The poor and innocent taxes payers suffer the most under such government.

No wonder political parties is viewed as the most corrupted institution worldwide.

I make known the end from the beginning, from ancient times, what is still to come. (Isaiah 46:10)

Some professional has predicted the future successfully while others, like weather forecasters, fail often.

But since ancient times God has a 100% success rate in predicting the future!

And He boasts knowing He’s the only one who can predict the future consistently.

“Can your idols make such claims as these? Let them come and show what they can do! says the LORD, the King of Israel. Let them try to tell us what happened long ago or what the future holds. Yes, that’s it! If you are gods, tell what will occur in the days ahead. Or perform a mighty miracle that will fill us with amazement and fear. Do something. whether good or bad! But no! You are less than nothing and can do nothing at all.” (Isaiah 41:21-24 NLT)

In whose predictions of the future do you place your faith? God or man?

 What cause people to fear the future?

 

He answered, “I heard you in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; so I hid.” (Genesis 3:10 NIV)

Fear of the future in more about our past than the future itself.

Usually people experienced something traumatic in their past that cause them to fear the future.

Maybe they had been rejected by someone they desperately wanted to be accepted by or perhaps they failed at something and never got over it and now fear of failure controls them.

Adam and Eve is a perfect example of this.

Their life in the Garden of Eden was paradise.

They were both naked and felt no shame (Genesis 2:25) then enter the serpent.

When they ate the forbidden fruit they tried to cover up their shame with fig leaves (Genesis 3:7).

Yes they where ashamed of their disobedience and embarrassed about their nakedness, but mostly they were afraid of God’s judgment.

The serpent exploited their human weakness of wanting to be like God and their “strong-willed” nature.

Where in your life is “the serpent ” alive and well causing you guilt or shame and fearing the future?

Fear of the future overcome by Love and Faith

For I know the plans I have for you, declared the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future (Jeremiah 29:11 NIV).

When God promises us something we can consider it done.

Because God don’t lie.

Ever since the first sin in the Garden of Eden He has been working to restore His people.

He sent His Son to die for us and overcome the power of sin because He loves us.

Our Lord promised us a new heaven and a new earth (Revelations 21 :1-4).

He also promised to remove our sorrows and pain so fear and anxieties about the future will be over.

Rest assure that GOD’s Kingdom will not be corrupted by political leaders.

He will establish His Kingdom for those who have faith in Him and who will follow His ways.

“During the reigns of those kings, the God of heaven will set up a kingdom that will never be destroyed; no one will ever conquer it. It will shatter all these kingdoms into nothingness, but will stand forever.” (Daniel 2:44 NLT)

What you can do.

First practice living in the now by being mindful of your thoughts.

This means concentrate on what the mind is sharing with you without judging it.

Set aside your opinions even when it’s over.

We are taught to listening to others actively but we can apply active listening to ourselves too.

Second try to develop intellectually, physically, socially and spiritually.

People who live in the present display both personal and interpersonal growth.

No dimension of their growth is rejected.

Lastly you must remember that God is in the business of recovery.

Just as he recovered his people from exile caused by their sins, he desire to deliver you from your fear of the future but you must trust and believe in His promises.

You can receive God into your heart today and begin the restoration process.

When you become part of God’s plan of restoration He will free your soul from the bondage of sin and free your mind from fear of the future.

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  1. Ya, we all have a tendency to anticipate everything. We frame different outputs without understanding the whole scenario. You gave a perfect example. Your company staff anticipated in advance and leave their jobs. They didn’t wait for the manager’s reaction. As a result, your company had to hire more professional.
    Ya, living in the present moment is the best way to overcome the fear of future.
    Thanks for this lovely reminder, Vernon

    • Hi Yatin,

      Yes people left before management told everyone who were going and who were staying. Matter of fact, some people who we now know were going actually kept their job because of it.

      We are today where our thoughts, actions and reactions have brought us. Also where we are is because of others thoughts and reactions.

      I agree that living in the present moment is the best way to overcome fear of the future also accepting out past without regrets helps with that.

      Good to see you here and thanks for coming.

  2. Hi Vernon,

    That was a wonderful post indeed 🙂

    You are right, with so much going around in the world nowadays, people tend to fear the future – or the fear of the unknown is what sets in automatically. Look at the children nowadays, as compared to the kids a few decades ago – they are glued to their mobiles and gizmos, and you ask them to venture out, and they have no idea because they have so many fears of what it would be like….and they just let things be.

    All of this has also lead to so many diseases and ailments that it’s surprising. Treading your path with love and faith is what works, just as you mentioned. Besides the mentioned ways, we need to have the self confidence and will power to achieve your goals. We need to overcome our fears, which happens only when we move ahead and break those barriers we have within us, isn’t it?

    Thanks for sharing. Have a nice week ahead 🙂

    • Hi Harleena,

      Not only do children today fear the future but also they lack creativity. Without those gizmos you mentioned they are lost. They can’t see a tree as something to play on or outside as a big playing ground.

      Our mothers had to make us come in the house from playing but these days parents have to make their children go out to play.

      Yes we must have self confidence and if we don’t, we need to practice faith and break those barriers that’s in our minds.

      Take care and have a wonderful week also.

  3. Hi Vernon

    You are right about the fear of failure which is a reflection of the fear of the past. When people go through a painful experience, it becomes a mental filter to prevent such occurence in the future which is why people are afraid of the future.

    God has promised us that he is there for us which is why there is no benefit in worry and anxiety. Thank you for reminding us that God is in chare of all situations and he creates the future.

    Thanks for sharing. Have a wonderful week.

    • Hi Ikechi,

      I like how you used mental filter. Because that’s what our minds are filters. Some beliefs it allow to flow in while others it holds out.

      Those mental filters can distort what we are looking at depending on what it’s made of like our emotions or past.

      The sad part sometimes those filter doesn’t give us a accurate perception. That’s why we much learn to challenge our perceptions.

      Thanks for sharing your wisdom with us.

  4. This is a very timely post considering the times we live in.
    God is the reason we can inspite of the past, still remain positive and hope filled for the future.

    • Hello Ugochi,

      I could only imagine the fear non-believers must be going through about the future in these last days.

      That’s why we must go out and let the world know about Jesus and help save some souls.

      God is worthy of trusting our future with Him!

      Thanks for visiting and continue to spread the hope.

  5. Hey Vernom

    What an insighful post. Absolutely brilliant. I really liked your post as most of our time is wasted on thinking about our future and past.Thank You for giving an awesome post which also tels the importance of God in our life and the way it helps us to decide our future.
    The key is to keep working hard in our life.

    Thank You for such an wonderful post.

    • Hey Yash,

      Let me first welcome you to Self Reflection. I’m glad you enjoyed it too!

      Yes the key is to keep working hard in our life and I would add keep working hard to line our lives up with God’s will, that way, we will avoid being like the world around us; fearing the future.

      God wants to change us from the inside out. As we are changed on the inside our mental attitudes about our past and future also changes.

      But we must not forget that we can’t do it under our own power.

      See you around my friend.

  6. Hi dear Vernon,

    This is my first time at Self Reflection and your post sent me into deep reflection. Every sentence spilled the truth. The reasons why we fear the future is countless. I could relate to your post where you mentioned ‘traumatic experience’. My share of such an experience had crippled me for years……The future looked blur and I convinced myself there would be nothing to look forward to never accepting that it was FEAR of the future stopping me all the way.

    Practicing mindfulness was what helped me free myself from the prison of fear. Thank you so much for the reminder Vernon.

    • Hi Hema,

      Welcome to Self Reflection! I loved that you mentioned in your comment “I convinced myself” because that’s what we do when we feel shame or despair.

      Traumatic experiences can make our past seem overpowering and make it hard for us to not fear the future.

      But being mindful each day that we have a choice bring us that much farther away from our past giving us hope for the future.

      Thank you for coming by and blessing us.

  7. Hi Vernon sir, How are you doing? 🙂

    Your post deeply resonates in my mind. And as always your words speak the truth and reveals the reality.

    One may fear future maybe because of past rejections, judgements, insecurity, low self esteem, etc.

    I strongly believe in future and trust God. I believe everything happens for good. I am not afraid of the future as God is mine. 🙂

    Thank you for sharing. Have a great week ahead.
    ~ Rohan.

    • Hi Rohan,

      You mentioned rejection and insecurity they are the reason many people fear the future. Alone with low self-esteem.

      When we focus on our fears we fail to see the long term consequences that could result it we fail to act in spite of them.

      Everything does happen for good when we trust God.

      Thanks “little buddy” for sharing and see you around.

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