What's Next?

Dave Jones

"And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose. For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers."  Romans 8:28-29

David was told that he was going to be king of Israel, but he spent most of the next ten years on the run fleeing from King Saul.  Joseph had a dream in which he ruled over his brothers, but he spent the next thirteen years as a slave and a prisoner.  Like David and Joseph, most of us experience unexpected events in our lives. There can be a life-threatening illness or the death of a loved one, an unexpected career change or job assignment, a major repair bill that uses all of the savings or creates debt, or a sudden change in a relationship.  And although we know the outcome for David and Joseph, we don’t foresee the events that lay ahead in our own future and we can become a little fearful, can’t we?

Life is unpredictable.  It seems reasonable to assume that both David and Joseph were at times perplexed and fearful with the events of their lives and we can experience those same feelings at times.  Is life out of control? Is God being cruel?  What can we do?

We can recall or learn new passages in the Bible that assure us that God is in control, always.  We can recall or learn new passages in the Bible that assure us that God will use our trials, successes and failures (as topsy-turvy as they may be!) to make us more like Christ.  Perhaps God is correcting or strengthening a character flaw.  Is this an opportunity to help someone learn about God?  What thoughts and actions will be pleasing to God?  Through prayer and biblical wisdom, we can draw closer to God as we consider the uncertainties of life and when we experience unexpected events.


His Eye is on the Sparrow

Why should I be discouraged and why should the shadows fall?
Why should my heart be lonely and long for heaven and home?
When Jesus is my portion, my constant Friend is He,
His eye is on the sparrow and I know He watches me.
His eye is on the sparrow and I know He watches me.

I sing because I'm happy;
I sing because I'm free;
His eye is on the sparrow
And I know He watches me.

Let not your heart be troubled; these tender words I hear;
And resting on his goodness I lose my doubts and fears;
For by the path He leadeth but one step I may see;
His eye is on the sparrow and I know He watches me.
His eye is on the sparrow and I know He watches me.

I sing because I'm happy;
I sing because I'm free;
His eye is on the sparrow
And I know He watches me.


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