Fear of the Future is Merely the Expectation of Grace
In Matthew 6, Jesus implores us to not worry about the future because, “tomorrow will take care of itself. Sufficient for a day is its own evil.” In a 21st century world full of hobby psychiatrists, it can be tempting to look to many of Christ’s teachings as merely an appeal to a healthy mindspace, but there is always more to his words than happy living.
I used to be a legendary worrier. Read that again – I wasn’t a samurai. Like many of the students I teach, I found the future to be daunting; alien to the inexperienced and malevolent to the unsuspecting. Whether “the future” consisted of the next day or the next year made no difference, as I was equally fearful of them both.
I once related my concerns about a future event to a friend and, after listening to me bloviate for several minutes, she suggested that I was afraid of the future because I hadn’t received the grace to deal with it, yet. This, of course, blew me away. Were situations ever as unmanageable as I had imagined them? Was I ever has helpless as I had expected to be? The answer was always no because I had received the grace needed to deal with the moment at that moment. Jesus illustrates this point in Matthew 10:19 when he tells his disciples to “not worry about how you are to speak or what you are to say. You will be given at that moment what you are to say.”
The next time you’re sweating an upcoming job interview or staff meeting, school presentation or blog post, remember that it may seem overwhelming because you don’t have the grace to deal with it at that moment. Trust in God and the providence of His grace can dispel the fears that may arise while looking to the future.