Most high school and college students are looking forward to spring break in a week or so. However, for a portion of the students, they are looking forward to spring break week, yet they have so much more on their mind. Graduating seniors nervously await the start of a new chapter in life; change becomes their new reality. With many choices in front of them, these students need good guidance and direction for their upcoming decisions. Whenever you are going to make a transition, what should be some guiding principles for your future plans? Here are a few biblical principles when considering the future.
First, realize that God knows our future and is sovereign over our future. In James 4:13-17, our life is compared to a vapor or mist that appears but quickly vanishes away. We should approach our future plans with the mindset of James 4:15b, “If the Lord wills, we will live and do this or that.” Since our lives are short and only God knows our complete future, whatever plans we make should be left in the almighty hands of our Sovereign God.
Second, submit to the known will of God. When thinking about the future, many people ask, “What is God’s will for my life?” The response that people hope to find is an exact blueprint for their life so that they can simply follow the steps to success. While each individual life is different, God has given instructions for His will in every believer’s life. Passages such as 1 Timothy 2:3-4, Ephesians 5:17-18, 1 Thessalonians 4:3-6, 1 Peter 2:13–15, 1 Peter 4:19, and 1 Thessalonians 5:18 all teach about the known will of God. These passages should be studied and obeyed. When we do that, we will have a better indication as to what future decisions will be in line with God’s desires.
Third, wherever you are, be committed to your local church. Often people make decisions about where to go to college, where to move for a job, or where to retire without giving any consideration as to where they will go to church. They plan the move first and then hope that there will be a biblical, God-honoring New Testament church in the area. Instead we should put a priority on finding a good church that will help us grow to maturity in Christ. (Colossians 1:24-29)
Fourth, trust God to guide your future. Although Proverbs 3:5-6 is often quoted, it is sometimes forgotten when we begin to make plans. If we trust the Lord and make Him our priority, He will direct our plans and future direction.
Tad Wychopen is the Assistant Pastor at Faith Baptist Church. He also leads the Thrive youth group and helps at Faith Christian Academy. His four boys keep him and his wife Hannah busy with new adventures each day. As a South Texas native, he enjoys the outdoors, local food, and the Cowboys.