Far and near.
God keeps one (the future) just out of sight in order to bring the other (nearness to Him) into focus.
God’s will for your life is to find Him, so you can then choose whether or not to follow.
Living the plan God has for you sometimes travels through the blackest of nights. Like when driving a car at night, if the headlights failed to scatter the darkness, you’d have no idea where you were going.
You see, but you really don’t see. You see what’s just up ahead, but you can’t see anything beyond. Ironically, you feel like you know where you’re going, but have no idea where you’ll end up. This push and pull feeling keeps you moving in the direction God wants—more specifically, in the direction of God’s will.
Even after all these years, the plans God has for you remain somewhat veiled in mystery.
Mystery and the unknown shoo away the boredom. Not-knowing what might happen—more importantly the hope of a better, brighter, and altogether different future—motivates you to take the next step. And then the next.
Your inability to see the future clearly magnifies your need for God.
Besides, if you actually saw your entire life’s plan, you’d probably shift your life—including your spiritual life—into auto-pilot.
Today, I took the same path to work that I’ve taken for the last seven years. The distance from home to office is a mere fifteen minute drive. But today I arrived having no real recollection of how I got here. Passing by the same buildings, seeing the same trees, stopping at the same stoplights, cresting the same hills—the routine of it all—allowed my mind to drift off into other thoughts, while the rest-of-me just went through the motions.
Contrast this with what I alluded to earlier—driving in the darkest of night, a soupy, thick fog sitting on top of a road you’ve never traveled. Without the familiar surroundings, without knowing exactly what lies ahead, your life dares not shift into auto-pilot. You can’t afford to. You must remain engaged and focused in the current twenty-feet-or-so if you want to make it to the next twenty.
As it relates to your future, are you beginning to see why God never allows you to see too far in advance? Knowing your future in its entirety would compete with God for your attention. And God knows a life focused on something other than Christ leads to a dead end.
As it stands now, the future exists as distant and a bit aloof. God wants it that way. But realize the mystery of not knowing everything makes for a very intriguing life.
More than likely, without the intrigue you’d become too comfortable in your surroundings. If God allowed you to see the rest of your life, you’d memorize every twist and turn in the road up-ahead.
If you knew everything, you’d have no need to know God.
In reality, if God laid out for you your entire future, you’d stumble over the present. You’d lose the moment in search of something you could never quite catch-up to. After all, the future lives just beyond your grasp.
But the ability to simultaneously stand in both the present and the future—the ability to connect the present with what awaits you in the future—is distinctly God.
Regardless of how much time you have left on this earth, God has a plan for you. God wants to reveal to you His will for your life. But part of that plan entails you getting to know Him. To know Him—to know the love and the grace and the compassion He offers you, to know with what high regard He holds you—is more important than knowing your future.
One day your future will come to an end. That’s why living life “twenty-feet-at-a-time” is the only way to go. No sense in allowing a glimpse toward the end to rob you of the moment.
But a relationship with God has no end. By asking Jesus into your heart, you embarked on a journey for all of eternity. Since eternity doesn’t have a future, you get to live carefree in the moment, with no worries about what is to come.
Experiencing what I just described sounds a bit like heaven, doesn’t it? Well, it should—it is heaven! And having invited Jesus into your life, one day heaven will be your new home.
But the “right-now-reality” that you and I currently occupy requires us to live twenty-feet at a time.
Yet without having to categorize and index your entire future, think of how much time you can devote to getting to know God and the life of Jesus living within you!
There is an aspect of relating to God that you can only experience while living on this earth. It’s called faith. Faith is the one thing you cannot give God in heaven. After all, it will take no faith to believe God once you’re with Him forever.
Spiritually speaking, faith, then, is a very decidedly earthly thing. Perhaps that’s why the bible tells us in Hebrews that without faith you cannot please God, that you must believe that He is and is a rewarder to all those who seek Him.
Faith never goes about shining a light to find the plan. No, faith goes searching for the One making the plan. The planner is always held in higher regard than the actual plan itself.
A future containing some sort of uncertainty keeps you moving toward God. But God’s promise to you is to never allow the light shining on your future to completely go out.
For you, life may never live more than twenty-feet-at-a-time. But that’s okay when the light lighting up the way is Jesus.
Your future resides with the One who made it. Therefore, your desire to know the future is really nothing more than a desire to know God. If right now you have a “need-to-know” issue pressing upon your life, that’s just God’s way of letting you see how deeply you need to know Him.
I’ve put together a three and half minute video which provides you with some visuals so you can grab onto what it means to find God’s will by finding Him.
Watch it now.
How has God revealed more of His will for your life as you’ve moved toward Him relationally?
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