Yesterday I turned eighteen. My aunt asked if I felt like an adult yet and my grandmother wanted to know what I was going to do with my life. The thing is, I don’t know what’s next. Not exactly. College? Moving out? Getting a job? Traveling? Who knows?
Maybe you’re not eighteen. Maybe you’re newly divorced. Maybe your child is getting married. Maybe you’ve gotten a new job and are moving to the other side of the world. Your ex-husband, your child, or your old life took up so much of your time and energy … you don’t know what to do next either.
I can’t give you an answer. I sure wish I could, but only God knows what’s next for our lives. Which isn’t a bad thing. Proverbs 16:3 says, “Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and he will establish your plans.”
We don’t have to know exactly what’s next. God will establish our plans, and we can obey him even if, like Abraham, we don’t know where we are going. God knows the unknown. We just need to seek God’s glory and do the next thing he tells us to do. It might look like a lot of things, but as long as we live in faith and obedience, we don’t have to have our plans established.
I know that’s not a straightforward formula. But put one foot in front of the other, keeping your eyes on the inheritance of grace and Jesus, not the waves of life. You’ll do just fine.
Jesus, guide my life. You know the future and I do not, but don’t let that upset me. Instead, let me rest in the knowledge that you know what is best. Let me do my best at the task you have given me now. Amen.
Go Deeper — Goal planning is great. But life is marked by change. How do you react to new situations? Are you willing to change direction if God calls you down a side path?
Read Further — Here is a great formula to use when you are facing a new beginning.
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