A better future rarely comes without change, but change is often frightening. However, it doesn't have to be. If we cling to the One without limits, then the unknown can be exciting instead of intimidating, and we can experience growth and new joys that will brighten our days and expand our horizons.

But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead.

Philippians 3:13 NIV

“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.”

Joshua 1:9 NIV

We often cling to the familiar things in life, even when we know that those familiar things aren’t perfect. We might stay trapped in harmful daily routines or abusive relationships because the thought of moving on to anything else is terrifying. We might even hold on to pain because it’s what we know best. Sometimes, the chasm between familiar discomfort and the unknown of our dreams seems too wide and perilous to cross—so we never do.

Some people stay in ill-fitting careers forever, even though every day is spent complaining and talking about how wonderful a different atmosphere would be. How many times have you heard people at your workplace talk about hating their jobs? How many times have you listened to those same people list reason after reason why they couldn’t do anything else?

The reasons for staying stuck in bad personal or professional situations are usually a little different for everyone—children for some, debt or health concerns for others—but in the end, many “reasons” might just be excuses based on fear of the unknown. Sometimes, we might keep a “safe” distance between ourselves and a deep spiritual life out of such fear, too. The waters between familiar doubt and full faith might seem too perilous to cross—so we rarely do. Letting go of our reliance on human reasoning can seem frightening, so we might make excuses to stay in a familiar fog of tepid faith. However, God tells us to let go of our doubts and follow Him confidently into the unknown. He promises we won’t be disappointed.

God invites us to go ahead and blow up our little worlds in order to see His greater reality, because only then can we have true spiritual experiences. The greatest spiritual blessings can only be realized when we are willing to let go of our learned partnerships with earthly hurt and disappointment. We must let go of these things and imagine a future without limits.

Today, give yourself over to God completely and allow faith to overwhelm you and guide you. Pray for God to gently pry your hands away from whatever dull or painful circumstances you have come to rely on for safety. He is offering you your own “promised land,” but to get there, you must be willing to step out with Him into the unknown.

Prayer: Dear God, today I offer my hand to You. Erase my doubts and lead me into the glorious future You have promised me.

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