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Weekly Devotional: Laying Your Future in the Hands of God

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By Ally Richmond
Professional Writing Major, Honors College

“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose.”- Romans 8:28

The future can be scary. In college we are often pressured to figure everything out, but in all honesty, many of us are still unsure about what we are going to do with our lives in the immediate future, let alone the next five or ten years.

In the midst of this pressure to plan our lives out completely, God reminds us that He is in control and that we don’t have to figure our future out on our own, in fact, we really shouldn’t. God’s plan for our lives is much better than any plan we could try and make on our own.

In Isaiah 41:10, God says, “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”

We do not need to fear our future, because God is going to be there every step of the way.

Moreover, in Philippians 1:6, Paul says, “Being confident of this, that He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.”

Whatever God is doing in your life, He’s not finished with you yet. This is even more encouragement that God’s got an amazing plan for your future. God is not going to lead you for a little bit and then leave you to figure things out on your own.

This is proven in Deuteronomy 31:8 when it states that “The Lord Himself goes before you and will be with you; He will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.”

God will never leave you or forsake you. In the midst of changes in your life, God is constant and can be so well trusted to hold your future in His perfect and all-powerful hands.

Grand Canyon University is committed to trusting God in all circumstances. If you would like to learn more about GCU’s Christian identity and heritage or would like to read more devotionals please visit our website and check out the GCU Blog.

About Allison Richmond
Professional Writing Major, College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Allison Richmond is an Arizona native and a junior at Grand Canyon University. She is currently earning her Bachelor of Science in English with an Emphasis in Professional Writing with a minor in marketing. She hopes to use her degree to pursue a career in journalism or advertising in order to share her ideas and creativity with the world. Allison has a passion for writing. She has gotten the opportunity to pursue this passion through writing for Odyssey Online, working on writing research with her professor and writing for the GCU blogs. When she is not writing, Allison enjoys reading, traveling, baking and spending time with her friends. 

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