Your hope, anchored in a sure future, enables you to cope today. Joshua and Caleb tried to talk a fearful nation into going for it. Ten spies had told them about the giants in the land who made them feel like grasshoppers in comparison (Numbers 13:33). Joshua and Caleb said, “The land, which we passed through to spy it out, is an exceedingly good land. If the Lord delights in us, he will bring us into this land and give it to us…And do not fear the people of the land, for they are bread for us” (Numbers 14:7-9). The people responded by trying to stone them. Joshua and Caleb were fueled by the future. The ten other spies were more comfortable with their dismal past than their unknown future–and never went there. Really sad!
FOR THOSE FUELED BY THE FUTURE…
- Present afflictions are light and momentary and the future is glorious (2 Cor. 4:17).
- You say, “What if,” rather than, “If only”. “What ifs” take us into the future. “If onlys” bring us back to our past. “What ifs” dreams of what can be. “If onlys” remind us of what can’t.
- Circumstances do not rule our life. We live above the circumstances, never under them. People say, “Under the circumstances, I’m doing okay.” What are they doing under?
- You are a victor, not a victim, because the present struggle does not take you down. Your anchor holds onto the eternal rock.
FOR THOSE LIVING IN THE PAST AND FEARFUL OF THE FUTURE…
- The present is oppressive and the future is daunting. We live in the past because we are afraid of what is ahead. We prefer settling in the past to challenging the future.
- It is going to get worse rather than better.
- We dream about what was rather than what can be and we romanticize it. We make the past look better than it really was, because that is all we have.
- We are victims and we don’t have courage for what is ahead.
- We say “why” rather than “why not.” “Why is the Lord bringing us into this land to fall by the sword? Our wives and our little ones will become a prey. Would it not be better for us to go back to Egypt?” (Numbers 14:3). Really?!
TRUTHS TO EMBRACE
1 A settled tomorrow makes for a doable today. The ultimate equips us for the immediate. Settle tomorrow, and today just got easier.
2 Between the promise and the promised land is the process–always. Accept the process and you will enjoy the promised land. You go through the desert to get to the promised land.
THOSE FUELED BY THE FUTURE
1 Do not worry, 2 Do not get discouraged, and 3 Turn tests into testimonies.
SO (some application questions)
Is there anything that I am doing that I need to stop doing?
Is there anything that I am not doing that I need to start doing?
Is there a door that I need to close? Is there a door I need to open?