I’m scared of a lot of things in life. Giant bugs, puppets, and Kevin James dying are all good examples – but there is something that scares me even more. It’s called the unknown.

Having a lot of questions and wondering how things are going to work out is an unsettling feeling. Throughout life we all have questions. How will I pay these bills? Will I get the job? Who will I marry? When will my marriage improve? What should I do with my life? What’s my purpose? When will I figure everything out?

 

Before we know it, we are overwhelmed by a mountain of unanswered questions.

 

There have been times in my life when my lack of answers and need for clarity have caused me to give up dreaming about my future. The unknown can be so daunting; it can make us feel so insecure and anxious. Some of us have even let the unknown rob us of joy, purpose, and the destiny God has for us.

In Genesis 13 Abram had just moved from Egypt to a totally new place at God’s instruction. He had a family depending on him, and everything surrounding him was different. I imagine he must have been overwhelmed by the unknown. But this what God said to him:

Lift up your eyes and look from the place where you are, northward and southward and eastward and westward, for all the land that you see I will give to you and to your offspring forever.
Genesis 13:14-15 ESV

When I read this passage for the first time, I realized that I have a history of letting the unknown take over. There are times when I have been so busy looking down at my life and my pile of questions that I forgot about the promises God has for me. I had forgotten to look up.

I think we all forget to lift our eyes. We limit our view to what’s right in front of us and forget that God has a purpose already written for us. We get so wrapped up in our day to day lives and forget that God has made promises to us that reach far beyond our current view.

I don’t know about you, but I always feel like I need to know everything. I want to be clued in to every step and every process of my life. I want to know how and when things will happen, and find myself trusting in my own knowledge and capabilities instead of in God – the one who already knows everything there is to know. We must never forget that while we will always have questions, we will also always have promises from God.

 

So I want to encourage you – the next time you are overwhelmed with your circumstances and can’t see past the problem, look up from the place where you are.

 

The next time you doubt your worth and feel hopeless, the next time you feel like you don’t have purpose, the next time you fear the unknown, look up from the place where you are– and remember, there are promises from your heavenly father everywhere. He cares for you, sees you, and knows you. Where you are now, is not the place you will be forever. There is hope. There is purpose. There are promises if you just look up from the place where you are.