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Why Can We Face the Future with Confidence?

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America’s presidential campaign and election unsettled millions of people. No one can predict what might happen with the economy and global relationships in the weeks and months ahead. Even the political experts admit they’re clueless. One can only watch. And pray.

The future is anything but secure on a worldwide scale. Truth be told, it’s not certain on home fronts, either. A week ago today, one of my friends and her husband enjoyed their morning coffee while watching Canada’s national Remembrance Day celebrations on television. By that afternoon, he lay in ICU in an induced coma after suffering a massive heart attack. He passed away on Tuesday.

Losing this friend has been a surreal experience. I’ve been mentally processing it all week, realizing how quickly life can flip. One minute all is well, and then everything changes in a heartbeat, sometimes literally.

So, how can we face the future with confidence? By knowing what God says about it and by taking Him at His word. Here’s a verse that’s helped me in recent days.

Hebrews 13:5,6 says, “For God has said, ‘I will never fail you. I will never abandon you.’ So we can say with confidence, ‘The Lord is my helper, so I will have no fear.’”

God’s promise to remain faithful and present enables us to develop and maintain a fearless outlook. And get this—He says He will always be faithful, and He will always be present. That means we can always be fearless. No matter what comes our way, He will help us get through it. Of this we can be sure.

Let’s personalize the verse by reading it this way: “For God has said [to me], ‘I will never fail you. I will never abandon you.’ So I can say with confidence, ‘The Lord is my helper, so I will have no fear about _______________.’”

Fill in the blank with whatever’s pertinent to your situation. Here are some suggested responses to which you might relate.

  • my (or a loved one’s) recent medical diagnosis
  • starting a new job
  • growing old
  • caring for my senior parents
  • parenting to the best of my ability
  • the difficult situation facing my adult child
  • teaching a Sunday school class
  • trusting God with the sale of my home
  • my children’s well-being

Today at 5:00 PM, I’ll host a 30-minute Facebook Live opportunity to talk about this Scripture with whoever wishes to join me. It’s a come-and-go event at

https://www.facebook.com/gracelfox

Send me a friend request if you want to receive a notification when I go live. I hope to see you there!

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2 Responses to “Why Can We Face the Future with Confidence?”

  1. Marge Bennett

    Psalm 116:15 Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints. That is from Scripture, but not always the best sounding consolation for people.
    Psalm 118:1 O give thanks unto the Lord; for he is good: because his mercy endureth for ever. We are still to give thanks to God. Even in our shock and maybe “fear” also, if we turn to Him………He is our consolation and help. Heb.13:5,6 “The Lord is my helper, I will not be afraid.
    No, He will not leave us nor forsake us, and when we “are” afraid, we must try to look first to Him…..not to our feelings, our emotions, and how the evil one wants to “throw us off track”…….but to the LORD, the maker of Heaven and Earth. Our gentle Shepherd will “Make us lie down in green pastures, and He will restore our Soul (from Ps. 23) He will give us good grazing land, and fresh cool water to restore our souls. In return, we show compassion to the one who has just lost someone…..the one who is still here, with us.
    He is with us wherever we go. “Surely the LORD is in this place”, Jacob said of a most unlikely location, “and I was not aware of it”. Gen 28:16
    We may feel lonely and sad or desolate sometimes…..especially in the suddeness of losing a friend, but we can still say with confidence, “The Lord is my helper, I will not be afraid” Heb 13:5-6
    I love you, Grace. I love how you allow God to use you to minister to others in their time of need. I could never forget all you’ve done for me. Your care for me and action taken in ministering God’s goodness and love to me (with great info for me to study), has changed my life forever.

    In His Love and Service,
    Marge May God fill you with His Spirit today!

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  2. Grace Fox

    Marge, thank you for all these wonderful Scriptures. God’s Word is alive, powerful, life-changing. So encouraging, yes?

    I love hearing how the Lord is working in your life, and I count it a privilege to be part of that. God bless you 🙂

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