I’m finding that a huge part of trusting God involves living in the present as if the future is secure.
This is so counter-intuitive.
We tend to base our hope for the future on how well things are going now, the plans we’re making, the promises or assurances from others, the belief that our efforts are going to pay off down the road.
And those things aren’t necessarily bad, they’re just not what God calls us to place our ultimate trust in. He wants our trust to be in Him; that is the faithfulness of his Person, not merely the idea of his provision.
To be honest, I’ve lived most of my life with low-level anxiety about the future. It’s been, “I’ll be at peace when ______ happens.” And then if I get that blank, it’s just replaced by another one. Which leaves me in a perpetual state of uneasiness.
But Christ offers us a better way. He says,
Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.” Matthew 6:33 NLT
Living in the present as if the future is secure frees up a ton of energy for enjoying life and serving others. It takes the weight off of us to make it all work; not in an irresponsible way, but in the way a child would trust a good parent to meet their needs.
Does this take practice? Absolutely. Is it worth it? I think so.