Forward-Looking Faith

Steven Laman

READ : Genesis 27:21-40

It was by faith that Isaac blessed his two sons, Jacob and Esau. He had confidence in what God was going to do in the future. (Hebrews 11:20, nlt)

During the last meeting of my college-age church group before I moved to a new city, the leader had a time of prayer for my future. He asked everyone to place their hands on me as he asked God to bless my life and make me a blessing in my new home.

Asking the Lord to bless someone’s future is a biblical practice. Even though Jacob received his father’s blessing through false pretenses, Isaac claimed God’s promises over his son. This father had faith to look toward the future and believed that God would keep his promises and cause a Savior to come from their family lineage.

It has been years since my college pastor prayed for me. As I reflect on his words, I am grateful that God did answer. His words remind me that God had a plan for me at a time I was wondering about my life. Like Isaac of old, we can have a forward-looking faith by reminding ourselves and others that God has plans for each one of us. He has plans to give us hope and a future (see Jeremiah 29:11).


Lord, give us faith to embrace the future you have for us.