Now What


The question will always be in our heart, but how do we ask it?

Proverbs 16:9 NASB95
9 The mind of man plans his way, But the Lord directs his steps.
Proverbs 3:5–6 NASB95
5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart And do not lean on your own understanding. 6 In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He will make your paths straight.

Does God direct you, or do other people?

Psalm 125:1 NASB95
1 Those who trust in the Lord Are as Mount Zion, which cannot be moved but abides forever.
Isaiah 26:4 NASB95
4 “Trust in the Lord forever, For in God the Lord, we have an everlasting Rock.

God uses people and things, but the outcome and victory belong to the LORD

Proverbs 16:33 NASB95
33 The lot is cast into the lap, But its every decision is from the Lord.
Proverbs 21:31 NASB95
31 The horse is prepared for the day of battle, But victory belongs to the Lord.

So how do we discern the right way from the wrong way?

Psalm 119:42 NASB95
42 So I will have an answer for him who reproaches me, For I trust in Your word.
2 Timothy 2:15 NASB95
15 Be diligent to present yourself approved to God as a workman who does not need to be ashamed, accurately handling the word of truth.
Isaiah 30:20–21 NASB95
20 Although the Lord has given you bread of privation and water of oppression, He, your Teacher will no longer hide Himself, but your eyes will behold your Teacher. 21 Your ears will hear a word behind you, “This is the way, walk in it,” whenever you turn to the right or to the left.
Proverbs 2:7–9 NASB95
7 He stores up sound wisdom for the upright; He is a shield to those who walk in integrity, 8 Guarding the paths of justice, And He preserves the way of His godly ones. 9 Then you will discern righteousness and justice And equity and every good course.

Can you trust God for the outcome, by faith?

John 20:27–29 NASB95
27 Then He said to Thomas, “Reach here with your finger, and see My hands; and reach here your hand and put it into My side; and do not be unbelieving, but believing.” 28 Thomas answered and said to Him, “My Lord and my God!” 29 Jesus said to him, “Because you have seen Me, have you believed? Blessed are they who did not see, and yet believed.”
Hebrews 10:36–39 NASB95
36 For you have need of endurance, so that when you have done the will of God, you may receive what was promised. 37 For yet in a very little while, He who is coming will come, and will not delay. 38 But My righteous one shall live by faith; And if he shrinks back, My soul has no pleasure in him. 39 But we are not of those who shrink back to destruction, but of those who have faith to the preserving of the soul.
Zechariah 13:8–9 NASB95
8 “It will come about in all the land,” Declares the Lord, “That two parts in it will be cut off and perish; But the third will be left in it. 9 “And I will bring the third part through the fire, Refine them as silver is refined, And test them as gold is tested. They will call on My name, And I will answer them; I will say, ‘They are My people,’ And they will say, ‘The Lord is my God.’ ”

Will God be faithful to see us through to the end?

Hebrews 10:23 NASB95
23 Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful;
Isaiah 43:1–2 NASB95
1 But now, thus says the Lord, your Creator, O Jacob, And He who formed you, O Israel, “Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name; you are Mine! 2 “When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; And through the rivers, they will not overflow you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be scorched, Nor will the flame burn you.

Will we have what it takes to hold on to the end?

Philippians 4:13 NASB95
13 I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.
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