Trusting Our Future to God

(Devotional from Nov. 23, 2022)

In 2010, Laszlo Hanyecz made the first purchase with bitcoin (a digital currency then worth a fraction of a penny each), paying 10,000 bitcoins for two pizzas ($25). In 2021, at its highest value during the year, those bitcoins would have been worth well more than $500 million. Back before the value skyrocketed, he kept paying for pizzas with coins, spending 100,000 bitcoins total. If he’d kept those bitcoins, their value would’ve made him a billionaire sixty-eight times over and placed him on the Forbes’ “richest people in the world” list. If only he’d known what was coming.

Of course, Hanyecz couldn’t possibly have known. None of us could have. Despite our attempts to comprehend and control the future, Ecclesiastes rings true: “No one knows what is coming” (10:14). Some of us delude ourselves into thinking we know more than we do, or worse, that we possess some special insight about another person’s life or future. But as Ecclesiastes pointedly asks: “who can tell someone else what will happen after them?” (v. 14). No one.

Scripture contrasts a wise and a foolish person, and one of the many distinctions between the two is humility about the future (Proverbs 27:1). A wise person recognizes that only God truly knows what’s over the horizon as they make decisions. But foolish people presume knowledge that isn’t theirs. May we have wisdom, trusting our future to the only One who actually knows it.

Reflect: Where do you see temptation to control the future? How can you better trust God with your coming days?

Pray: Dear God, help me to simply trust You today.

Published by 5thgenerationgirl

Tammy Wynette is a mother of three and a “G-MA” (grandma). Born in Warren, Arkansas, she currently resides in Sacramento, CA and is pursuing an AA degree in English at American River College, with plans to transfer to California State University, Sacramento (Sac State). She is an active leader and role model in her community, she works with teens sharing and teaching poetry, as well as providing insight for young parents to prosper. She has certificate from NAMI (The National Alliance on Mental Illness) and is a trailblazer & Griot, keeper of stories/traditions passed down from her ancestors. As an Author and motivational speaker it’d be an honor to present at your events to inspire, encourage & let our VOICES be heard! She has short stories and poems published in Our Black Mothers Brave, Bold and Beautiful!

13 thoughts on “Trusting Our Future to God

  1. This is an interesting one, Tammy. Because we all don’t know what the future holds – eg our health, when we will die etc.

    For me, I plan for things that are within my control – eg eat healthy, exercise, who I choose to be friends with, what I expend my emotional energy on.

    And the things that I can’t control – eg societal unrest, mom’s failing health, etc – I know to trust in God that things will turn out the way they are meant to turn out. There is peace and freedom in that for sure.

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    1. I totally get it. This stood out to me because I’ve been worried about being terminated from my job although I’m certain I haven’t done anything wrong.
      In fact, I’m thankful now since discovering my rights & being retaliated against & knowing the necessary steps I need to take moving forward.

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