Stepping into the Unknown
I have never been good at setting New Year’s resolutions.
In almost every New Year’s Eve service I’ve attended, I’ve been asked to write down my goals for the next 12 months. I usually write whatever comes to my mind in that moment. I guess I do that because I know I won’t follow up with them, and the piece of paper I write them down on will soon be lost or thrown away.
But this year is different. I have always been one to “be in control,” and this time around I am not. By the end of 2020, my family will have gone through quite a few transitions, which could affect our boys’ schooling, our family finances, and possibly my job. Not knowing what God has in store for us is nerve wrecking. Anxiety seems to be trying to get a hold of me. It’s a bit scary.
But God knows where I am at right now. He has been faithful to encourage and instruct me.
Last Sunday, my pastor spoke about setting goals—even when we don’t know what the future holds, asking “If God were to reveal all His plans for us, where would our dependence on Him be?” He used Abraham as an example. Without any hint of what was to come, Abraham left the comfort of his home in obedience to God’s commands.
God reserves the right to determine how much we need to know about what will happen in our lives. What He asks of us, just like He did with Abraham, is that we retain a posture of obedience. Even when the results are not what we expect, or things do not go our way, the Word encourages us to remain faithful to God—whether we like the plan He’s traced out for us or not.
A Passage to Consider
My pastor also shared from Philippians 3:13–14, “. . . I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.”
He mentioned three things from these verses that we should consider when setting goals for this year:
- “I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it.” In other words, don’t remain at a standstill. There is always something new to learn, as 2 Peter 3:18 says, “. . . grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.”
- “. . . straining toward what is ahead . . .” We should be open to changes. We will not always be right; our ideas will not always be the best. We know that Jesus never changes and that our convictions do not need to be compromised. But life strategies can change. There are always new ways of doing things. Jethro advised Moses that if he continued doing things the same way, he would be in trouble (see Exodus 18). We must be open to change and remain humble.
- “I press on toward the goal . . .” We need to live life with a purpose. We must have objectives and goals in life while living here on earth—God does have purposes for our lives.
So, here’s my goal for this next year. I resolve to remain faithful to our Lord as I step into the unknown, knowing that what He has in store for me has a greater purpose—to glorify His precious name!
Such a good reminder. I have faced lots of unknowns in my life, but as I look back I can see God’s hand and guidance in each one. He will NEVER fail you. Great wording in your goal for 2020.
Walking with Jesus is a awesome adventure,Don,t worry enjoy the ride.Blessings
Thank you, Nancy. I’m planning on enjoying every minute of it!
A timely word Ana!! Thanks!
Thank you, Julie. Isn’t it wonderful how God speaks to us when we need it the most? He’s such an awesome God!
You are right on; the Christian Life is an adventure and we can trust our Guide. Blessings to you.
Indeed! As long as our eyes are focused on Jesus it’ll keep on being an amazing adventure! Thank you, Georgia.
Beautiful, Annie! It is a great posture that all of us should take.
Thank you, Hilda ❤️ What amazes me is how His Word comes to us the moment we need it the most. This couldn’t have come at a better time. God is so good!
I agree. I’m catching up many weeks later and this word is very timely. God is Good and a what a Great Pilot!!
Oh my goodness if Ms. Ana Cuevas had not signed her name at the end of this article I could’ve placed my name there. This sounds all too familiar.
Thank you for sharing these Bible scriptures I will meditate on them and apply to my life.
God bless you!
I’m so glad I’m not alone on this. May the Lord show you through His Word the plans that He has for you ?
Thank you, Ana. You really blessed my heart today as I’m focused on “plans” in several areas of my life.
Thank you, Nancy. I’ll be praying for you ❤️
Thank you, Annie. Great reminder!!
Thank you, Annie. I’m pretty sure I’ll have to come back to this article later to be reminded as well ❤️