God cares about our future
God has a plan to offer us life after death. The plan involves the work of God's Son, Jesus Christ:
For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.
John 3 v 16
Having a caring Creator gives us confidence for the future
We have seen that our Creator cares about us and has arranged a plan to enable us to have life after death. This must give us a real hope for the future, despite our present problems. Jesus Christ promised that those who believe in him will be given endless life:
For my Father's will is that everyone who looks to the Son and believes in him shall have eternal life and I will raise him up at the last day.
John 6 v 40
Problems can make us think about our long term future
Problems can make our lives very difficult. Sometimes, however, they can make us think about our long term future. When a tower fell and killed eighteen men, Jesus said:
....do you think they were more guilty than all the others living in Jerusalem? I tell you, no! But unless you repent, you too will all perish.
Luke 13 v 4 and 5
Jesus was telling them (and us) to stop and think about the end of our lives. Suffering can be a warning that interrupts our normal routines. It can make us stop and think about the fact that our lives will end one day.
Only those who respect God have any hope for the future
The book of Proverbs warns us not to rely on our own ideas:
There is a way that seems right to a man, but in the end it leads to death.
Proverbs 16 v 25
Where are we going?
God's plan is for a worldwide peaceful kingdom
Throughout the Bible, many verses talk of a future world order different from today's. Here is just one example:
Give the king Your judgments, O God, And Your righteousness to the king's Son. He will judge Your people with righteousness, And Your poor with justice In His days the righteous shall flourish, And abundance of peace.....There will be an abundance of grain in the earth, On the top of the mountains....
Psalm 72 v 1, 2, 7 and 16