One phrase often used in church circles is, “We don’t know what tomorrow holds, but we know who holds tomorrow.”
The Bible gives us a glimpse of what the future holds, such as the tribulation of this world and Jesus’ return. But the vast majority of the future is unknown.
The phenomenon of uncertainty is not unique to Christians today. Throughout Scripture, God’s people have faced trials and periods of waiting that left them feeling unsure about tomorrow. Fortunately, the Lord responded in these situations with love and kindness.
Here are some examples of times of uncertainty and how God responded.
Hope for Abram
“After these things the word of the Lord came to Abram in a vision: ‘Fear not, Abram, I am your shield; your reward shall be very great.’” -Genesis 15:1
Abram—who would later become Abraham—was 75 years old when God told him that he would become a great nation. Yet about 25 years would pass of Abram and his wife remaining childless.
In that span of time, Abram wondered whether God would keep his promise. In Genesis 15:2, he cried out to God, “‘O Lord God, what will you give me, for I continue childless …?’”
Graciously, the Lord took Abram outside and said, “Look toward heaven, and number the stars, if you are able to number them.’ Then he said to him, ‘So shall your offspring be (Genesis 15:5).’”
God reassured Abram that He would do what He said He would do. Just a few chapters later, Sarah gave birth to Isaac.
Hope for Ruth
“‘Then the women said to Naomi, ‘Blessed be the Lord, who has not left you this day without a redeemer, and may his name be renowned in Israel!’” -Ruth 4:14
Ruth was recently widowed and told by Naomi, her mother-in-law, to return to her home of Moab and the gods the Moabites worshipped. But Ruth decided to follow Naomi to an unknown place and the God of the Israelites.
“‘Your people shall be my people, and your God my God.’” -Ruth 1:16b
Without a husband, Ruth’s future was on shaky ground. But the Lord had a divine plan for her life. After following Naomi to Bethlehem, Ruth met Boaz, a descendant of Abraham. The two married and had a son named Obed, who would be the grandfather of King David.
Hope for Israel
“‘For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.’” -Jeremiah 29:11
Generations after the rule of King David, the Israelites faced many hardships, including being exiled from Jerusalem as a punishment for their sins against God.
The prophet Jeremiah penned a letter to the Israelites reassuring them that God had not abandoned them. Jeremiah 29:11 comes after the Lord promised to return the Israelites to Jerusalem.
God revealed to the Israelites His plan to save them in spite of their sin. Many of the Israelites would return to Jerusalem, even though it would take 70 years.
“‘I will turn their mourning into joy; I will comfort them, and give them gladness for sorrow.’” -Jeremiah 31:13a
Hope for you
For those facing uncertainty today, Scripture is full of reassurances and promises from God. Meditate on these verses as you focus your eyes on the One who holds tomorrow.
“Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.” -Psalm 23:4
“I sought the Lord and he answered me and delivered me from all my fears.” -Psalm 34:4
“He has made everything beautiful in its time.” -Ecclesiastes 3:11a
“Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.” -Matthew 6:34
“[D]o not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.” -Philippians 4:6