What IF: My Future is History? Or happening Now?

Your Future is God's History

“When I’m lost in the mystery, to you my future is a memory, because you are already there”

That’s a line from one of my favorite Casting Crowns songs. I love that song! Do you know it? The song was not referring to a man but to God. And that is one of the attribute of God that I love.

Sometimes though, it can be frustrating, especially when I seem to have no clue on how the dramas of life are going to play out and I don’t seem to be getting any clear direction from God, to who my future is a memory. I guess you know what I mean.

Those times when you are looking for a job but nothing seems to be coming out, or a loved one is badly sick and you have no clue if they will recover, or you have a financial obligation and time is fast running out but you have no clue where the money will come from.

What do you do in such times?

In my experience, I have come to realize that when you can trust God against all odds in a dire situation, you may not always get what you expected but you will always look back at that event with joy because the outcome will be better than what you expected -and you could not have been able to predict it!

Even though it was a mystery to you, God had it all under control.

He always works all things out for the good of they that love him (or should I say) trust in Him.

Truth is, the outcome of your present situation is already history to God

Plus He knows how to bring you into His history if you’d trust in Him.

I like the way Apostle Paul put it. He said Thanks be to God who ALWAYS leads us in triumphant procession in Christ (2 Corinthians 2:14). In other words, when you stick with God even when things seem to be going “south”, you will always come out victorious.

So what do I do when my future seems like a mystery?

I simply trust, rest and do what is noble and sincere in my heart per time.

I may not know how to change the situation I am currently facing but I know the one who has the whole world in His hands does. I am persuaded that He will always come through and give me the victory when my heart is stayed on Him. He will for you too.

Your future is already here, ‘cos He lives in you.

Usain Bolt vs Haile Gebrselassie, Who are you more like?

Usain Bolt Haile Gebrselassie

Did you know that your body is better adapted for long distance endurance running than any mammal? Big up to Usain Bolt, but it is Haile Gebrselassie that actually displays our real potential as people. In simple English, you and I are naturally built to go “the long haul” than to do a dash.

I find comfort in this new knowledge because in our 21st century life on a fast lane, speed seems to be more celebrated than perseverance and consistency. We live in a world where there is almost instant everything. Innovation is defined by “How much Faster is it?” or “Does it make things Shorter. And it has its pecks: Life is easier and somewhat sweeter.

However on the flip-side, it builds the notion that whatever is not instant and within a short time frame is no good. When endurance, stamina and consistency gets the back seat, the default mindset becomes to accomplish in a dash, things that would have required the long haul for better output. It mounts an undue pressure and sets the perfect stage for a burn-out.

I have learnt that this is a wrong mindset to have in navigating the race of life, especially if you are running with God.

I believe that’s why God designed our bodies to be better suited for the long distance. You can also see this attribute all over nature. For instance, you can’t have an instant palm tree. So it is perfectly normal after all, not to expect everything to happen overnight.

Scripture says in Hebrews 12 “let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us”.

The most efficient way to run your life’s race is not as a 100 meters sprint, but a long distance marathon. And that requires perseverance, persistence and consistency.

Now you see why that knowledge encourages me. I am already built for the long haul.

I don’t have to feel bad when a project I started out on doesn’t seem to be progressing as fast as I expected (judged by the instant mindset). Rather I stay motivated and persist in consistently the things I know are right irrespective of the length of time, because when I will finally get there, it will be much “sweeter” than if I took the shortcut for a dash.

Then I will be functioning at my optimal. No hurry, No pressure. Even wine tastes sweeter with age.

Can you attest to that?

Answers to deep life Issues: “Na Who I go Ask?”

Have you heard this pidgin phrase “If you ask me, na who I go ask”?

It was used as the hook of a hit song by Nigerian songstress Omawunmi.

Omawunmi's hit song VideoIt’s a rhetorical question people colloquially use to communicate the complexity of a question they are asked.

When life throws curved balls at us, it leaves deep-seated complex questions in our hearts that typically shapes our actions and attitudes. It may be the loss of a loved one, a broken relationship, or a tragic event.

These things trigger question within that (justifiably) need answers.

Only that sometimes, the answers we get from other people further complicate the question.

Or we tend to draw our conclusion from common sense assumptions-which often times, does lead us further away from the truth.

But more often, we sweep them under the carpet, and hope they never resurface –even though they always do.

So how do I deal with these questions? You may ask.

Many years ago I would have responded by saying “na who I go ask?” But after 13 years of walking with Jesus I can confidently say that Jesus, the living Word of God has all the answers.

Although I may never always have pre-formatted ready-made answers to swipe out on the spot, I have learnt that the scripture encodes the answers to every question that can ever arise in our heart no matter how complex it may seem.

And that, it often isn’t a ‘one verse fits all answer’ even for two people in the same circumstance at the same time.

However to decode the answer to your particular question, you need TRUST.

Trust that God cares for you. Trust to lay down the questions before God and expectantly search the scriptures for the answers. Finally, trust to accept His answer or reply (rather than an explanation) -even if it does not make sense to you at that point.

One undeniable truth remains: God’s depth of understanding is unsearchable, but you can trust that He loves you greatly.

Get all the support and encouragement from loved ones around you right now, but remember that ultimately, the wisest counsels should point you back to Jesus Christ.

Don’t let experiences define your life. Trust God to define your life accurately with His Word. He sure understands that situation better than you understand your name.

Never forget that His plans for you are good, no matter what has happened.

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How the Bible Works to Change a Person

“Search from the book of the Lord, and read:
Not one of these shall fail;
Not one shall lack her mate.
For My mouth has commanded it, and His Spirit has gathered them.”

-Isaiah 34:16

A Christian does NOT have to struggle to hear God. Walking with God isn’t Complicated.

Simply give yourself to READING the Scriptures daily.

Believe in it enough to obey by acting on the Word, and

Watch the Spirit of God do an auto-transformation in you

And in every circumstance in your life!