by APC on December 30, 2015

The new year is just around the corner. The year, comprised of 365 days, 8,760 hours, and 52,600 minutes, is full of unknowns. We have no way to know what we will encounter in the days ahead: the joys we’ll experience, the trials we face, victories, and defeats. When God created mankind, He did not give us the privilege of foresight. We live in the current hour, without knowing the next.

Not knowing our future is kind of like walking around in the dark. We can’t see in front of us, and we must hope we don’t step on an overturned doll table, LEGO block, or anything with wheels that will send us into hopping-stance, to our knees, or flat on our backs. There’s nothing to rely on except our own senses and prior knowledge of where obstacles should be in the darkened room.

Depending on the percentage of chance that we might be walking into a landmine of sharp objects—lodged between the fibers of the carpeting, knee-high, or even a low hanging object that could leave a nasty bruise on our heads—we might have a heightened sense of uncertainty compared to when we traverse through the room with the light on. We could even say that due to lack of adequate footwear or even shoulder pads, we may have a fear of walking into that dark room.

When we’re exposed, don’t know an answer, feel under attack, anticipate trials, etc. we feel fear. Whether subconscious or self-evident, we all may be feeling some level of fear facing the new year and its plethora of unknowns.

Corrie Ten Boom one said, “Never be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known God.” We may not know our future, but we know the One whom we can trust with our future (II Timothy 1:12).

Matthew 6:34 tells us, “Take therefore no thought for the morrow…” (KJV). We’re not to be anxious about the dark room—the next year, the next day, or even the next hour. God has everything under control! He knows the plans that He has for us (Jeremiah 29:11). God’s plan may be for us to step on every sharp object in that room, help us walk through unscathed, fall through a random sinkhole, or even worse: walk through a spider web. If it’s His plan, and we trust Him, regardless of the outcome, why are we even concerned about it?

If we’re alive and kicking today, it’s because God has brought us through the past year. Because we know God, and know that He’s kept us this past year, we can know and trust that He will yet bring us through another year (II Corinthians 1:10). It might be a blessed year, or it might be a year of hardship. But, we know that God will never leave or forsake us (Hebrews 13:5).

Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:6–7, KJV).

God didn’t give a spirit of fear (II Timothy 1:7) and we’re not to worry about anything—including the dark room! We have one sure tool for bringing peace into our lives, and that is through prayer. God may have hidden our future, but He hasn’t hidden Himself. When we learn to trust God, and seek Who we know, then we’ll be able to experience a peace about the unknown year. Trust what you know today and not the unknown.