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.