A Bright Future
We made a decision to turn our wills and our lives over to the care of God.
Perhaps we've become so disappointed that we've given up hope for the future altogether. We don't know what the future holds, but when we give our lives to God, he can be trusted with our future. Regardless of how bad our lives might be at the moment, we can still trust him to bring about glorious good in our lives.
Here's a story of a man who dared to trust God with his future. And he trusted God when it looked like he didn't even have a future to look forward to. "Two others, both criminals, were led out to be executed with him. When they came to a place called The Skull, they nailed him to the cross. And the criminals were also crucified-one on his right and one on his left. . . . One of the criminals hanging beside him scoffed, 'So, you're the Messiah, are you? Prove it by saving yourself-and us, too, while you're at it!' But the other criminal protested. 'Don't you fear God even when you have been sentenced to die? We deserve to die for our crimes, but this man hasn't done anything wrong.' Then he said, 'Jesus, remember me when you come into your Kingdom.' And Jesus replied, 'I assure you, today you will be with me in paradise'_" (Luke 23:32-33, 39-43).
No matter what dire straits we may find ourselves in presently, we can give God our future and be assured that eternal life in paradise will far outweigh the sufferings of this present life. He can also transform our lives right now, making our future down here as bright as the heavenly one!
Even when everything seems dark and hopeless, God promises us a bright, new future.