Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain was a Union brigadier general in the Civil War, best known for his heroic acts during the Battle of Gettysburg at Little Round Top on July 2nd, 1863. If you’ve ever watched the movie Gettysburg, I’m sure you’ll remember him. In 1865, he was put in charge of presiding over the formal Confederate surrender at Appomattox Court House, and in his later years was the Governor of Maine. I am very fond of this man and only like him better the more I read about him.
I have found his quote to be quite true. We don’t know what the future holds and there isn’t much we can do about it! Yes, we can save for college and choose who we go out with wisely. We can also build good relationships with our family and find a good source of income. These things will help prepare us for the future. Nevertheless, these are things that we can plan, but cannot fully control the outcome. God is the only one who knows the future and no matter how much we plan for it, we are not guaranteed that our efforts from the past will bring us the future we imagined. What we are guaranteed is that God, who can see the future while we can’t, will help us now, before the future for the future. All we have to do is ask. He will help us with decisions and planning, and promises to never let us down. Getting advice about the future from someone who knows the future is pretty amazing, if you ask me!
So even though we can’t be 100% prepared for the future by planning ahead of time, we can have faith that God will help and guide us now and forever.
Have you ever seen the movie Gettysburg?
What about the future are you excited about?
Was there ever a time in the past that God had helped you, and you are able to see its outcome now?