God Is Not a Fortune Teller: Kicking Fear of the Future to Find Power in the Present

God Is Not a Fortune Teller: Kicking Fear of the Future to Find Power in the Present

Have you ever felt anxious about not knowing what the future holds?

Scratch that- I know you have. Maybe I should ask, how have you been dealing with feeling anxious about what the future holds?

A friend of mine and I recently found ourselves in this situation. We’re both in similar seasons of life, each of us recovering from the aftermath of a sin-ravaged marriage. Both of us wondering what the Lord had ahead for us in our lives, desperate to know what God was planning next. So we did what most Christian women would do in this situation– we prayed.

We prayed alone. We prayed together. We prayed via text. We prayed for answers. We prayed for reassurance. One of us may or may not have tried laying out the proverbial fleece before the Lord (see Gideon’s story in Judges for all the deets on that).

But when the answers didn’t come, we felt stuck. Frustrated. Like we were bound to mess it all up because we couldn’t hear God’s voice. And then each of us heard the same gentle word from the Lord, on the very same day–

“Daughter, I am Your Father– not a fortune teller.”

Seriously. My friend and I hadn’t been together for days, and yet each of us received this same revelation from God. Girlfriend, believe me when I tell you we were convicted. We had been going about this all wrong!

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Let Go and Let God: 15 Ways God Fixes What's Broken

Let Go and Let God: 15 Ways God Fixes What's Broken

My mind can be pretty goofy sometimes. As in, I can piece together bits of unrelated information and come up with a totally far off conclusion, yet I’m absolutely convinced it’s 100% true.

Anyone else like that? Yeah, I see you hiding back there.

I’ve done this with everything. Checking for “intruders” in the middle of the night. Circling the block to make sure that speed bump (which I totally SAW) was not a child or an animal.

Believing that if I don’t worry about a situation, then the worst case scenario will absolutely happen.

There was a time I absolutely believed that if I gave God control over my life that I would have to accept things might go badly. That not only could the worst case situation happen, but that just by letting go of it, it would.

What a big ol’ lie.

Whether or not you struggle with clinical anxiety, fear is still a giant threat to our emotional and spiritual health when going through a major life change like losing a spouse through divorce or death. Fear can make us do things that really don’t make ANY sense, just because we are convinced that appeasing our fears is better than the alternative.

But God has HUGE promises for those who give Him room to move in their lives- and He’s a big God so make room!

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