December 8, 2012
Faith for the Future
by Charles R. Swindoll
[I rejoice] to see your good discipline
and the stability of your faith in Christ.
The nature of the beast within all of us resists change.
Even though our past has been painful and in some ways unrewarding and perhaps even unproductive, it would be interesting to know how many of us would rather return to our past than face the uncertainty of our future.
Being creatures of habit, we would rather have the security of our yesterday than the uncertainty of our tomorrow.
But it's the uncertainty of our future that really strengthens our faith. I mean, if we knew what it was all about, then it would take no faith. All it would take is obedience.
If you knew what was going to happen in the next ten years of your life, what kind of faith would it take to walk that path?
It's the mystery of it all that gives it the power; the mystery of the whole process called God's working that makes the power so magnificent.
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Excerpted from Charles R. Swindoll, Wisdom for the Way (Nashville: J. Countryman, a division of Thomas Nelson, Inc., 2001). Copyright © 2001 by Charles R. Swindoll, Inc. All rights reserved. Used by permission.