As I came from my apartment in Vietnam, three immigration officers met me and wanted to check my passport. At the time, I thought their request was a mere formality, but then they told me my business visa was illegal, and I had to leave the country.
Maybe you will never be asked to leave a country, but we all go through times of uncertainty. The future we had planned for ourselves doesn’t turn out the way we hoped. Perhaps you are single and marriage seems as if it will never happen. Or maybe you are married, but the prince charming has turned into a beast. Now, finding the one who dropped on his knees to ask that question you wanted to hear is difficult.
You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, all whose thoughts are fixed on you! This verse gives us a solution in those moments when we only see darkness—a solution reached by what we choose to set our minds upon. We all have a decision to make. We can either set our minds on the troubles we see or what we think we will see in the future, or we can set our minds on the One who is able to give us what we need to overcome what is before us.
Things won’t always turn out the way we want. Loved ones get sick and die. Children walk away from everything they’ve been taught. But the One who suffered and died for us is the same One who will go with us through all the fires in front of us—and the ones we think will happen. The only thing we need to do is turn our focus away from the flames and to the One who created all things and has the power to deliver us from anything that causes us worry.
Don’t let the worries of today take away your peace. Instead of setting your hope on a precarious future that may or may not happen, focus on the One who is already in the future and is waiting with open arms to take you through every situation.
Accept whatever results may happen, even if they weren’t in your plans.
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Eric is a graduate of Moody Bible Institute where he received a MDiv degree. He has served as a missionary in Vietnam and is currently in Minneapolis where he is trusting that God will direct him where to go next. In the meantime, he is writing both novels and nonfiction material.