1. God knows the future; thus, I will trust His Word.
“Lift up your eyes on high, And see who has created these things, Who brings out their host by number; He calls them all by name, By the greatness of His might And the strength of His power; Not one is missing.” Isaiah 40:26.
· God demonstrated to Isaiah that He perfectly knows the future.
· He has an infinite knowledge and He grants knowledge to whom He chose to receive.
· He also gives understanding and wisdom that also clearly describe Him as wise and skillful.
2. God is with me; thus, I will not fear the future.
“27 Why do you complain, Jacob? Why do you say, Israel, “My way is hidden from the Lord; my cause is disregarded by my God”?... 10 Fear not, for I am with you; Be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, Yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.” Isaiah 40:27; 41:10.
· Isaiah encouraged them to build a high view of God so that they will trust Him and His Word.
· Having a high view of God results to trust.
· Trust is the essential ingredient in having the right relationship.
Friends, will you entrust your future to God who has unlimited knowledge, possesses infinite power, and have promised you a secured future with Him?
3. God’s way into the future is better than mine; thus, I will follow Him.
“8 “For My thoughts are not your thoughts, Nor are your ways My ways,” says the Lord. 9 “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, So are My ways higher than your ways, And My thoughts than your thoughts.” Isaiah 55:8-9.
· We also have a different concept of what our future should be like.
· But God has prepared something better.
· Jesus promised the Holy Spirit to all believers, so that God lives in them, and will help them in times of need.
4. God knows me too well; thus, I will not miss out on His will.
17 “The poor and needy seek water, but there is none, Their tongues fail for thirst. I, the Lord, will hear them; I, the God of Israel, will not forsake them. 18 I will open rivers in desolate heights, And fountains in the midst of the valleys; I will make the wilderness a pool of water, And the dry land springs of water. 19 I will plant in the wilderness the cedar and the acacia tree, The myrtle and the oil tree; I will set in the desert the cypress tree and the pine And the box tree together, 20 That they may see and know, And consider and understand together, That the hand of the Lord has done this, And the Holy One of Israel has created it.” Isaiah 41:17-20.
· God knows what I need, when I need it and where to give it.
· God will create opportunities to see His work and receive His blessings.
10 “I the Lord search the heart and examine the mind, to reward each person according to their conduct, according to what their deeds deserve.” Jeremiah 17:10.
· He rewards the faithful.
· Encourages us to be godly.
“3 But whoever loves God is known by God.” 1 Corinthians 8:3
Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. 2 Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.“3 For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the faith God has distributed to each of you. 4 For just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, 5 so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others.” Romans 12:1-4
God wants you to…
· Think of the welfare of others.
· Use your spiritual gifts to serve God through the church.
· And to be a blessing to the whole body of Christ.