13 Scriptures To Meditate On When Your Future Is Uncertain


At one time or another, all of us will face times of uncertainty.

Maybe you?re about to graduate from college and have no idea what you will do this coming January. Perhaps you just lost your job. Or you?ve just moved to a new area where you know no one.??Maybe you?ve just started a new job and feel overwhelmed at the challenges that?loom before you. Maybe you?re single and wonder if you?ll ever get married. Your life may even be so uncertain you don?t know where your next meal will come from.

The reality is that none of us are secure in this world except in Christ. Nothing is certain. ?We aren?t guaranteed our next meal. We aren?t even guaranteed our next heartbeat. Even when we feel secure, we are incredibly fragile and completely dependent on the Lord for every breath. But when we are particularly tempted about the future it is important for us to meditate on these bedrock truths. ?My suggestion would be to copy these verses and put them somewhere so you can see them regularly, like in your Bible or on your fridge. ?Even if you only meditate on the first three or four, God will use his word to encourage your heart.

For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. Jeremiah 29:11

I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my eye upon you. Psalm 32:8

Mark the blameless and behold the upright, for there is a future for the man of peace. Psalm 37:37

He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things? Romans 8:32

Let not your heart envy sinners, but continue in the fear of the LORD all the day. ?Surely there is a future, and your hope will not be cut off. Proverbs 23:17-18?

My son, eat honey, for it is good, and the drippings of the honeycomb are sweet to your taste. ?Know that wisdom is such to your soul; if you find it, there will be a future, and your hope will not be cut off. Proverbs 24:13-14

Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ?What shall we eat?? or ?What shall we drink?? or ?What shall we wear?? ?For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. ?But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. Matthew 6: 31-33

For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them. Ephesians 2:10

My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me. ?I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand. ?My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all, and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father?s hand. John 10:27-29

Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have, for he has said, ?I will never leave you nor forsake you.? ?Hebrews 13:5

When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through fire you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you. Isaiah 43:2

You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you. Isaiah 26:3

I have been young, and now am old, yet I have not seen the righteous forsaken or his children begging for bread. ?Psalm 37:25


  • RJ says:

    timely. Thank you.

  • Becky G says:

    When I am deep in despair and wondering what God will do, He reminds me of all the times in the past that He worked things out for my good, even surprising me. He reminds me of all the things He did that I asked for, just because He loves me, not because they were needed, just wants. He encourages me that His love never fails and that He is the good sheperd of my whole being.

  • doug says:

    thank you. thank you thank you !!!!

  • Mindy says:

    This is very much needed right now. Thank you, Mark!

  • MarkAltrogge says:

    I am glad RJ ? thanks.

  • MarkAltrogge says:

    Wonderful comments, Becky! Thanks!

  • MarkAltrogge says:

    Sure, Doug!

  • MarkAltrogge says:

    You\’re welcome, Mindy! Glad it was helpful.

  • Laura Kennedy says:

    Unbelievably timely for me and some very dear friends who just had their future plans turned upside down. Thank you.

  • Mark Altrogge says:

    Thanks for letting me know, Laura. I’m grateful the Lord would use these scriptures to encourage you and your friends.

  • Gina says:

    Right now, my husbands job, our housing, my children's college education…pretty much everything is not guaranteed. We are living with uncertainty looming over us right now. This post was very timely, and I shared it with my entire family. We are clinging to the truths of God's Word. Thank you for helping!

  • Mark Altrogge says:

    Hi Gina, I am sorry to hear how tough things are for you right now. But the way you are clinging to God in faith is so glorifying to him.

  • Arline says:

    This is quite timely. My hubby works in Iraq, and we don't know when he returns (Maybe 2 weeks. Maybe 4 months.) Plus, we have lots of decisions to make….once he comes home. :-) Thanks for posting these.

  • Mark Altrogge says:

    Wow Arline, talk about uncertainty. You're welcome, and may The Lord pour out his peace, protection and wisdom on you and your husband.

  • dawn says:

    We are waiting for a condo that others are fighting for so we can move out of the projects and live in a safe place. This will allow my daughter to play outside of her home for the first time in her whole life. She is 8 and may have culture shock. But we dont know if we will get the condo. Im sick. I cant think or sleep. This place is rough and scary.

  • yash says:

    helped me ….somewhat to get hold of my nerves …thanx mark ….thanx a lot ….it all follows from bhagwad geeta …..which is the oldest of all the holy books of all the religions or beliefs men knows about .

  • Patrick says:

    Absolutely perfect timing. I recently moved to a new state, I have no job and know very few people. I am over 1,000 miles from family, but they all support me back home. I have recently taken a “leap of faith” and moved to pursue a start to my business career. I feel that this entire experience is a test of faith. I have recently struggled and started to wonder and worry. However, this article has helped to remind me WHO is in charge.

    Thank You

  • Cathy says:

    Thank you. Timely.

  • Terri Baird says:

    Thanks for the wonderful encouragement!

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