Reaching Out: A Look at What the Bible Says about our Futures

Have you ever wondered what the Bible had to say on a subject, but had no idea where to start looking? Maybe there is something God has put on your heart to work on and you want to know everything the Word says about it. Well, a concordance can be a great tool to use when trying to find what the Bible says on a specific subject; but, often times, our Bibles don't include this very important section at the front or back of our texts and finding the information on our own can become time consuming and frustrating. For this reason, I decided to take four subjects and present a short series that gives comprehensive lists of verses relating to the subjects chosen. Today we complete our series with a look into what the Bible says about future.

"Your future is so bright." "The future is full of unknowns." "Your future is at stake." "No one can predict the future." Chances are you have heard or said at least one of these in your life. Honestly, each one of them is true! The future is bright (with Jesus). The future is full of unknowns (for all of us). Your future is at stake (so treat each day as the most important day of your life). No one can predict the future (except God). Today, I want to finish our series up by looking at what the Bible says about the future to help give us a starting point on the subject:

"Trust in the Lord with all your heart;

do not depend on your own understanding." – Proverbs 3:5 (NLT)

"You should know this, Timothy, that in the last days there will be very difficult times. For people will love only themselves and their money. They will be boastful and proud, scoffing at God, disobedient to their parents, and ungrateful. They will consider nothing sacred. They will be unloving and unforgiving; they will slander others and have no self-control. They will be cruel and hate what is good. They will betray their friends, be reckless, be puffed up with pride, and love pleasure rather than God. They will act religious, but they will reject the power that could make them godly. Stay away from people like that!" – 2 Timothy 3:1-5 (NLT)

"For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us." – Romans 8:18 (ESV)

"You can make many plans, but the Lord’s purpose will prevail." – Proverbs 19:21 (NLT)

"For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope." – Jeremiah 29:11 (ESV)

"I am the true grapevine, and my Father is the gardener. He cuts off every branch of mine that doesn’t produce fruit, and he prunes the branches that do bear fruit so they will produce even more. You have already been pruned and purified by the message I have given you. Remain in me, and I will remain in you. For a branch cannot produce fruit if it is severed from the vine, and you cannot be fruitful unless you remain in me.“Yes, I am the vine; you are the branches. Those who remain in me, and I in them, will produce much fruit. For apart from me you can do nothing. Anyone who does not remain in me is thrown away like a useless branch and withers. Such branches are gathered into a pile to be burned. But if you remain in me and my words remain in you, you may ask for anything you want, and it will be granted! When you produce much fruit, you are my true disciples. This brings great glory to my Father." – John 15:1-8 (NLT)

"All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness..." – 2 Timothy 3:16 (ESV)

"We can make our own plans, but the Lord gives the right answer. People may be pure in their own eyes, but the Lord examines their motives. Commit your actions to the Lord, and your plans will succeed." – Proverbs 16:1-3 (NLT)

"For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts." –Isaiah 55:9 (ESV)

"I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my eye upon you." – Psalm 32:8 (ESV)

"The revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave him to show to his servants the things that must soon take place. He made it known by sending his angel to his servant John..." – Revelation 1:1 (ESV)

"Your word is a lamp to guide my feet and a light for my path." – Psalm 119:105 (NLT)

"For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago." – Ephesians 2:10 (NLT)

"Such things were written in the Scriptures long ago to teach us. And the Scriptures give us hope and encouragement as we wait patiently for God’s promises to be fulfilled." – Romans 15:4 (NLT)