When we learn to live anticipating the unknown—good or bad—it’s an indication that we’re learning to trust God. We have experienced His strength, wisdom and love, and we know He is more powerful and trustworthy than anything or anyone we’ve known.

When we learn to trust God, we learn to live in the same wisdom as the rest of His creation.

The Psalmist wrote: “O Lord, how manifold are your works! In wisdom have you made them all; the earth is full of your creatures. These all look to you, to give them their food in due season. When you give it to them, they gather it up; when you open your hand, they are filled with good things. When you send forth your Spirit, they are created, and you renew the face of the ground. May the glory of the Lord endure forever; may the Lord rejoice in his works.” (Psalms‬ ‭104:24, 27-28, 30-31)

God’s creatures naturally walk with their hand open to His goodness and God’s children, who are created in His image, should walk with their heart open to His goodness. He is the Author of all goodness.

Trusting Him allows us to live in thankfulness because we aren’t weighed down by trouble. Our heart is free to praise Him. Life’s struggles are no longer an impediment to our praise. Even in the worst tragedy, His goodness allows us to praise Him. Look at Job. Immediately after he lost everything he owned and all his children were killed in a storm, Job’s response was: “Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return. The Lord gave, and the Lord has taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord.” (Job‬ ‭1:21)‬

Clearly, Job knew God’s goodness and he didn’t mistake the evil which had befallen on him as being from God. When we know God, we anticipate the future—we don’t fear it.  God is our good Father and He has already been in the future.

He has a plan!

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