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Trusting Your Unknown Future to a Known God

By: Kristen Clark

“It’s just so hard to trust God with my future when I have no idea what’s going to happen,” she said in a discouraged tone. “I mean…I want to trust God, but it’s just really hard for me. What if I never get married?”

I listened as my friend shared her heart with me. She was single and really struggling to trust God with her love life. She was in her late twenties and was wondering if marriage would ever become a reality.

Trusting God with the unknowns of the future can be one of the hardest things to do.

There’s so much uncertainty in the unknown.

“What if I never get married?”

“What if my best friend moves away?”

“What if I get in a bad car accident?”

“What if God calls me to do something I’m not good at?”

“What if…?”

“What if…?”

“What if…?”

Worrying about the “what ifs” can be the biggest enemy of our peace and joy. I know this first hand and it’s not fun. In fact, I have several “what ifs” in my own life right now. Life is full of unknowns and that will never change.

Instead of fretting and worrying over my future, I’ve come to understand some amazing truths that have given me the confidence to totally trust God.

In fact, my encouragement came from an unlikely place in the Bible and from an unlikely man.

I was reading in the book of Genesis recently and came across a familiar story of a man who was facing a lot of “what if” questions. And you know what? He was really struggling to trust God with His future. From a human standpoint, he had some pretty good reasons to worry too.

For starters, God told this man (Abraham), at 75 years old, to pack up his stuff and move away from his family and friends to a completely foreign land. The crazy thing is, Abraham seemed to do a pretty good job at trusting God right here. The Bible says, “So Abram went, as the LORD had told him…” (Gen. 12:4a).

Abraham was probably excited about God’s amazing promise to Him: “I will make you a great nation, and I will bless you and make your name great…” (Gen. 12:2).

Not bad!

Fast forward a little while and Abraham is starting to struggle with trusting God’s plan.

Abraham is starting to ask some “what if” questions about his future. He’s getting older and his wife is kinda getting to that point where having children might be physically impossible.

In Genesis 15 Abraham questions God by reminding Him that he is still childless. Ummmm…hello, God? Did you forget about me? I kinda need a son if I’m going to have all those descendants you mentioned…

Abraham is worried about his future now. He is losing faith in God. His wife loses faith in God too and they both decide to take matters into their own hands. You know the story (Ishmael, lots of drama, etc.).

Fast forward 24 years later from God’s initial contact with Abraham, and guess what?

Abraham still doesn’t have a son. He’s 99 years old now and really starting to worry. God sees the worry in Abraham’s heart and reminds him that the amazing promise still stands.

“I will make you exceedingly fruitful, and I will make you into nations (plural), and kings (plural) shall come from you” (Gen. 17:6).

Abraham couldn’t see the big picture. He couldn’t see down the road of his life. He couldn’t imagine that nations and kings would come from him! He struggled with trust just like you and me. He was 99 years old and had no proper heir. He had NO idea how his future would pan out.

But God did.

What Abraham forgot – and what we often forget – is that God sees the bigger picture. God holds the bigger plan in His hand. God knew that nations and kings would come from Abraham.

Abraham just needed to trust Him. Abraham’s worries and fears were in vain. When he doubted God’s faithfulness, he lost the strength to trust.

This story from Genesis is such an amazing reminder of why we should trust God with our futures. When life seems confusing, when circumstances seem impossible, when the future seems uncertain, God is there. God is in control. God sees the bigger picture. He holds the bigger plan.

God can be trusted. 

Regardless of how “uncertain” our futures may seem, God is faithful. We have to make the choice on whether or not we’re going to trust Him. Abraham learned this lesson the hard way.

The truth is, we all have “Abraham moments” in our lives. We all lose sight of God’s faithfulness at times. However, let’s learn from Abraham’s life and not stay there. Let’s remind ourselves of the BIG picture. Let’s remember how faithful God was to Abraham.

Let’s remember that God can be trusted with our futures, no matter what we’re facing.

When you begin to doubt, pull out Proverbs 3:5-6 and read it: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.”

God is faithful and you can trust Him with your future.

Now I want to hear from you. Do you have any “Abraham struggles” in your life right now?

  • How are you currently struggling to trust God with your future?
  • Why do you think you doubt God’s goodness and faithfulness?

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10 Responses to Trusting Your Unknown Future to a Known God

  1. Briana Soto says:

    Awww that last question is something I hear far too often from young ladies and even young men. “What if God calls me to do something I’m not good at?” I definitely think God will make us uncomfortable so we can not only grow as individuals but help grow the Kingdom as well. God will reveal His strength through our weakness. He is truly amazing.

    • Shanae B says:

      I think it Moses who told God at the burning bush that He wasn’t a good speaker when God told him to go talk to pharaoh!

  2. Agata says:

    Thank you for bringing up this topic, I’m exactly in the moment where I’m really worring about my relationship with one of my best friends and there is a lot of “what ifs” and dealing with problems with unforgiveness going on right now. Thank you for reminding me that my paths are not God’s ones and he knows best what my future is holding. <3

  3. Shanae B says:

    Perfectly timed! I’ve literally been going through this with God about my life currently. Thanks for the encouragement!

  4. Dbora Teles says:

    I have a lot of “what ifs” in my life right now.
    What if I end up this year out of work again?
    what if I do not get the solutions to my problems at the University?
    What if I can’t leave my parents and move out?
    What if I do not get cured?
    What if I do not get a job?
    I feel so overwhelmed that is hard to get up every morning, is hard to believe without see any sight of the solution to victory. Sometimes I just want to give up, I think I’ve been given up every day. Maybe God wants to show His love for me by giving me strength, and I want to see Him bring light and solution to my problems. I wanna see something, I want to experience God’s power by healing or something like that, I wanna see God move in my life.

  5. Janae Speak says:

    I’m so disheartened right now by my circumstances. I want to go to college to be a nurse and I thought that was what God wanted for me. It was the one thing I was SURE God was telling me to pursue. But unlike Abraham, God didn’t give me verbal confirmation, it’s just a nudging in my chest I’ve felt for awhile. Because of my current illness it seems like an unwise career to pursue. I’m so torn.

  6. Claire Reinhard says:

    I’m struggling right now with how I’m going to manage working 5-6 days out of the week and going to college 4 out of the 5 weekdays. Like college is my number one priority in my life because it will make for a better future for me hopefully but then again i need to work in order to pay for things for college and my new vehicle to get to and from college everyday. It’s definitely hard to trust God’s plan for my future and to be patient with his plan but I know the end result of His plan will be the best for me and my life.

  7. A says:

    I love how “what if I don’t get married?” is supposed to be an actual concern, like, is that all you care about in life? Is that really ALL women have to offer? I’ve noticed that GirlDefined constantly talks about marriage this, marriage that, and if these girls really believe marriage is the main goal of a woman’s life that is sad and disgusting.

    • Maddy K says:

      Hi A! I just wanted to bring to attention that, while this is not ALL they talk about, they do talk an immense amount about the subject of marriage. Now for you, I, and even them, this is not the main focus of life, however, it is a something that we all think about. Their personal mission is to help girls who struggle with not being married. That is the reason they focus so much on this particular topic. I hope this is helpful to you! Thanks!

  8. Esther Sentosa says:

    I get panic attacks sometimes. I feel anxious a lot and I find that it’s because I rely on myself too much and I don’t surrender to God as much as I should be. I’ve been struggling in my walk of faith and this is a good post to remind me to turn to God. Thanks.

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