What does the Bible say about future?
God knows the future because He created all things. Today is confusing, and the future seems unpredictable. Many people are stressed, afraid, doubtful, and uncertain. But we know who holds tomorrow. Nobody holds tomorrow. Our tomorrow is in God’s hands. We may not know what tomorrow holds or our future, but we know God does, and He has plans for our future forever.
Many believe they have ultimate life control. Many believe they control their lives, but every day brings new obstacles, but we have God on our side to steer us as no one else is qualified! God is in charge of the entire past, present, and future laid out before His eyes. Find your future in the one who created you and wants good for your life.
Christian quotes about future
“Never be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known God.” Corrie Ten Boom
“The future is as bright as the promises of God.” William Carey
“Trust the past to the mercy of God, the present to His love, and the future to His providence.” Saint Augustine
“You must learn, you must let God teach you, that the only way to get rid of your past is to make a future out of it. God will waste nothing.” Phillips Brooks
“God’s grace didn’t get us going then leave us to get by on our works. Grace didn’t just justify us in the past, it sustains us in the present and will deliver us in the future.” Randy Alcorn
“God is more interested in your future and your relationships than you are.” Billy Graham
“Leave the broken, irreversible past in God’s hands, and step out into the invincible future with Him.” Oswald Chambers
“God can bring peace to your past, purpose to your present and hope to your future.”
Does God know the future?
God knows the past, future, and everything in between, along with every possible change, because He is outside and above time. The creator is not subject to time, nor is He subject to matter or space like humans. God can see all things, including the future, because He is not restricted by linear time like we are. God has shown us eternity and time, but not beyond our own chronology. The future is unknown. God knows what is ahead (Ecclesiastes 3:11).
Only God has the ability to stand at the beginning and properly predict the conclusion because He is omniscient. He is aware of all that is real and imaginable, and He has lived our yesterdays, todays, and tomorrows, the past, present, and future, as the everlasting, omniscient God. Therefore, God is the Beginning and End, the Alpha and Omega (Revelation 21:6).
God is repeatedly shown in Scripture as knowing what will happen. God knows all that will be, not just selectively but exhaustively. Indeed, God presents his knowledge of the future as proof of His deity in Isaiah 46:8-10: “I am God, and there is none like me, declaring the end from the beginning and things not yet done from ancient times, saying, ‘My counsel shall stand, and I will accomplish all my purpose.”
1. Ecclesiastes 3:11 (ESV) “He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end.”
2. Isaiah 46:9-10 “Remember the former things, those of long ago; I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is none like me. 10 I make known the end from the beginning, from ancient times, what is still to come. I say, ‘My purpose will stand, and I will do all that I please.”
3. Romans 11:33 “O, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His judgments, and untraceable His ways!”
4. Proverbs 16:4 “The LORD has made everything for His purpose–even the wicked for the day of disaster.”
5. Revelation 21:6 “He said to me: “It is done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. To the thirsty I will give water without cost from the spring of the water of life.”
6. Isaiah 40:13-14 (NASB) “Who has directed the Spirit of the Lord, Or as His counselor has informed Him? 14 With whom did He consult and who gave Him understanding? And who taught Him in the path of justice and taught Him knowledge, And informed Him of the way of understanding?”
7. Revelation 1:8 “I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God, who is and was and is to come–the Almighty.”
8. Psalm 90:2 (NIV) “Before the mountains were born or you brought forth the whole world, from everlasting to everlasting you are God.”
9. Micah 5:2 (KJV) “But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting.”
10. 1 John 3:20 (ESV) “for whenever our heart condemns us, God is greater than our heart, and he knows everything.”
11. Job 23:13 “But he stands alone, and who can oppose him? He does whatever he pleases.”
12. Matthew 10:29–30 (ESV) “Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? And not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father. 30 But even the hairs of your head are all numbered.”
13. Psalm 139:1-3 “You have searched me, Lord, and you know me. 2 You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar. 3 You discern my going out and my lying down; you are familiar with all my ways.”
14. Psalm 139:15-16 “My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place, when I was woven together in the depths of the earth. 16 Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.”
15. Ephesians 2:10 (HCSB) “For we are His creation, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared ahead of time so that we should walk in them.”
What does the Bible say about predicting the future?
The entire Bible leads to predicting the future and God’s vast knowledge as accurately portrayed by scriptures already fulfilled. Biblical prophecy cannot be fulfilled by coincidence; it comes from the one who created everything. Only knowing the future will prove God’s eternalness. Therefore, prophecies e true, proving God can predict the future.
The Bible, including its prophetic content, is always totally correct. There are still Bible predictions that have yet to be fulfilled. We may expect all predictions to be fulfilled since God knows the future. The events of God’s schedule are unfolding according to His design. We know who controls the future: the Bible’s one genuine, personal, everlasting, and all-knowing God.
Only God can tell the future humans are only to prophesy what God accurately tells them but cannot the future themselves. Ecclesiastes 8:7 says, “Since no one knows the future, who can tell someone else what is to come?” We know the answer is God! The Bible goes on to say telling fortunes is an abomination in Deuteronomy 18:10-12.
16. Ecclesiastes 8:7 “Since no one knows the future, who can tell someone else what is to come?”
17. Deuteronomy 18:10-12 “Let no one be found among you who sacrifices their son or daughter in the fire, who practices divination or sorcery, interprets omens, engages in witchcraft, 11 or casts spells, or who is a medium or spiritist or who consults the dead. 12 Anyone who does these things is detestable to the Lord; because of these same detestable practices the Lord your God will drive out those nations before you.”
18. Revelation 22:7 (NASB) “And behold, I am coming quickly. Blessed is the one who keeps the words of the prophecy of this book.”
19. Revelation 1:3 “Blessed is the one who reads aloud the words of this prophecy, and blessed are those who hear and obey what is written in it, because the time is near.”
20. 2 Peter 1:21 “For prophecy never had its origin in the human will, but prophets, though human, spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.”
Preparing for the future Bible verses
James 4:13-15 says, “Listen, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, do business, and make money. You can not even predict tomorrow. Your life? You are a fleeting mist. Instead, you should say, “If the Lord wills, we will live and do this or that.” Our souls will live to see the entire future if we follow God.
We plan, but God has better plans (Proverbs 16:1-9). Man tries to save treasures on earth, but we can only have treasures in heaven (Matthew 6:19-21). So, yes, Christians should make future plans, but with our sights on God and eternity, not on the ways of the earth focused on money, success, and earthly things. He has plans to help us prosper and give us hope, and those plans are better than our own.
The Bible says God wants no one to spend eternity without Him (2 Peter 3:9). God cares so much about our eternity that He made a plan. Our future is in God’s hands. His plan is for us to be eternally connected to Him. However, our sin has cut us off from God. He prepared to send Jesus to die for our sins, rise from the dead, and give us new life. We can have a future with God because Jesus took our punishment for sin.
When making plans, consult God. While we may plan for the future, the Bible teaches us that God decides. Therefore, praying for the future is wise. Plan carefully using God’s discernment. Wisdom creates appropriate courses of action; discernment chooses the best one. Future plans require wisdom. Wise people use information and knowledge to act appropriately. Wisdom helps us plan ahead. Wisdom helps us recognize patterns and extract biblical ideas to live by the Bible.
Faith helps us plan for the future by focusing on God and God alone. God determines our path; we can plan for the future (Isaiah 48:17). In the future, things may not go as planned. Our faith in God will allow us to believe His plans are better than our own. To gain eternity, we need faith in the Lord. Moreover, planning and studying His ways helps us avoid sin. According to the Bible, those who seek counsel are wise. Therefore, we should seek biblical counsel when planning financially, legally, or otherwise.
21. James 4:13-15 “Now listen, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money.” 14 Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. 15 Instead, you ought to say, “If it is the Lord’s will, we will live and do this or that.”
22. Proverbs 6:6-8 “Go to the ant, thou sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise: 7 Which having no guide, overseer, or ruler, 8 Provideth her meat in the summer, and gathereth her food in the harvest.”
23. Isaiah 48:17 “This is what the Lord says— your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel: “I am the Lord your God, who teaches you what is best for you, who directs you in the way you should go.”
24. Luke 21:36 “Be alert at all times. Pray so that you have the power to escape everything that is about to happen and to stand in front of the Son of Man.”
25. Ezekiel 38:7 “Be prepared, and prepare yourself, you and all your companies that are assembled about you, and be a guard for them.”
26. Ecclesiastes 9:10 “Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might, for in the realm of the dead, where you are going, there is neither working nor planning nor knowledge nor wisdom.”
27. Proverbs 27:23 “Be sure you know the condition of your flocks, give careful attention to your herds.”
28. Proverbs 24:27 “Prepare your work outside; get everything ready for yourself in the field, and after that build your house.”
29. Proverbs 19:2 “Desire without knowledge is not good, and whoever makes haste with his feet misses his way.”
30. Proverbs 21:5 “The plans of the diligent bring plenty, as surely as haste leads to poverty.”
31. Proverbs 16:9 “In their hearts humans plan their course, but the Lord establishes their steps.”
Hope for the future
Life comes with many trials and struggles, which can make living difficult and often unrewarding. However, without hope, we cannot survive this life to the next as we need faith in God and His reassurance to survive. Thankfully, God is our hope for our future as He provides eternal life.
Revelations 21:3 tells us, “And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God.” What better hope can we have than knowing God waits and prepares a home for us!
First, we must hold fast to God with faith without wavering, knowing what God says is true (Hebrews 10:23). He knew before time began the plan to bring us to Him (Titus 1:2). “Beloved, we are God’s children now, and what we will be has not yet appeared; but we know that when he appears, we shall be like him because we shall see him as he is. And everyone who thus hopes in him purifies himself as he is pure (1 John 3:2-3).”
32. Psalm 71:5 “For you have been my hope, Sovereign Lord, my confidence since my youth.”
33. Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
34. Psalm 33:22 (NLT) “Let your unfailing love surround us, LORD, for our hope is in you alone.”
35. Psalm 9:18 “For the needy shall not always be forgotten, and the hope of the poor shall not perish forever.”
36. Romans 15:13 “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.”
37. Hebrews 10:23 “Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful.”
38. 1 Corinthians 15:19 “If only for this life we have hope in Christ, we are of all people most to be pitied.”
39. Psalm 27:14 “Wait patiently for the LORD; be strong and courageous. Wait patiently for the LORD!”
40. Psalm 39:7 “But now, Lord, what do I look for? My hope is in you.”
41. Titus 1:2 “in the hope of eternal life, which God, who cannot lie, promised long ages ago.”
42. Revelation 21:3 “And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God.”
43. Psalm 42:11 “Why, my soul, are you downcast? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God.”
44. Psalm 26:1 “Vindicate me, O LORD! For I have walked with integrity; I have trusted in the LORD without wavering.”
45. Psalm 130:5 “I wait for the LORD; I wait and put my hope in his word.”
46. Psalm 39:7 “And now, O Lord, for what do I wait? My hope is in You.”
47. Psalm 119:74 “May those who fear You see me and rejoice, for I have hoped in Your word.”
48. Psalm 40:1 “I waited patiently for the LORD; He inclined to me and heard my cry.”
49. Hebrews 6:19 “We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure. It enters the inner sanctuary behind the curtain.”
50. Psalm 119:114 “You are my refuge and my shield; I have put my hope in your word.”
51. Psalm 42:5 “Why are you downcast, O my soul? Why the unease within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise Him for the salvation of His presence.”
52. Psalm 37:7 “Be still before the LORD and wait patiently for Him; do not fret when men prosper in their ways, when they carry out wicked schemes.”
53. Psalm 146:5 “Blessed is he whose help is the God of Jacob, whose hope is in the LORD his God.”
54. Psalm 62:5 “Rest in God alone, O my soul, for my hope comes from Him.”
55. Psalm 37:39 “The salvation of the righteous is from the LORD; He is their stronghold in time of trouble.”
56. Romans 12:12 (KJV) “rejoicing in hope, patient in tribulation, continuing steadfastly in prayer.”
57. 1 Thessalonians 1:3 “Remembering without ceasing your work of faith, and labour of love, and patience of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ, in the sight of God and our Father.”
58. Romans 15:4 “For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope.”
59. Psalm 119:50 “This is my comfort in affliction, that Your promise has given me life.”
60. 1 Corinthians 13:13 “And now these three remain: faith, hope, and love; but the greatest of these is love.”
61. Romans 8:25 “But if we hope for what we do not yet see, we wait for it patiently.”
62. Isaiah 46:4 “Even to your old age and gray hairs I am he, I am he who will sustain you. I have made you and I will carry you; I will sustain you and I will rescue you.”
63. Psalm 71:9 “Do not discard me in my old age; do not forsake me when my strength fails.”
64. Philippians 3:14 “I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.”
Trusting God with your future plans
Though our human comprehension is limited, we may nevertheless take a step back and consider our future plans from a new perspective. Hasty plans lead to poverty, but studious plans lead to prosperity (Proverbs 21:5). Using the Bible makes it easy to make plans and trust God to help as it’s filled with helpful advice on stewardship, relationships, and other topics. More importantly, God tells you your future plans in His words by showing you how to follow His path.
The first step to trusting God with your future is to give up your pride and choose to follow His plan. “Everyone with a proud heart is an abomination to the Lord; even if they band together, none will escape punishment.” (Proverbs 16:5)
God is the author of our lives, and pretending that we have any control over them is wrong and leads to faithlessness.
Second, commit to the Lord. He knows every step you take and every breath you take before you do. Recognize that God is ultimately in charge of whatever you do. Jeremiah 29:11 says,” For I know the thoughts that I have for you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace, not of evil, to give you a future and hope.” Make it a point to read the Bible every day, and you will notice that your plans will improve as you put Him first in all ways.
Third, focus on the present and let God worry about tomorrow and all the following days. Instead of worrying about the future, concentrate on God’s glory and His current work in your life by waiting patiently. Continue to seek His will and wait for Him. He will never forget you, nor will He abandon you, nor will His intentions fail.
We worry about food, clothes, bank balances, savings, insurance, health, career, and jobs. We set our own career, work, and salary and rely on our own intelligence for daily existence. We think we can plan ahead, but really, we need God to set our path by relying on Him and not ourselves. The Bible states those who believe in God never fail, while those who rely on themselves always fail.
When we cling to God, He makes a way. Those who seek God with pure hearts will find Him. Once we find God, we have no wants because He provides or changes our desires to align with His desires. God never disappoints those who trust, seek, and find Him. As we follow God’s Word, the Holy Spirit will guide us. God will direct us in every situation.
65. Proverbs 3:5-6 “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 straight your paths.”
66. Proverbs 21:5 “The plans of the diligent lead surely to abundance, but everyone who is hasty comes only to poverty.”
67. Psalm 37:3 “Trust in the LORD and do good; dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture.”
68. Isaiah 12:2 “Surely God is my salvation; I will trust and not be afraid. The Lord, the Lord himself, is my strength and my defense; he has become my salvation.”
69. Mark 5:36 “Overhearing what they said, Jesus told him, “Don’t be afraid; just believe.”
70. Psalm 9:10 “Those who know your name trust in you, for you, Lord, have never forsaken those who seek you.”
Praying for the future
Philippians 4:6 tells us, “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God.” Essentially, we should pray for all things, from waking up to going to sleep and everything in between. The more we pray, the more we rely on God, and the more our plans and future align with His goals.
Additionally, pray for the person you would like to be tomorrow, next year, or five years from now, someone who follows the right path not just for a successful future but for an eternal future. Finally, pray for the habits you will break, the talents you will learn, and the blessings you will receive.
Every day, whether you realize it or not, you are making changes to yourself and your life. Your future prayers can guide those changes. So do not wait until the future to begin praying; start now, picturing the future that your prayers can help to create. Keep in mind, we tend to pray as though God does not want to keep His promises and that we have to beg Him for our desires. His desires do not align with ours, and He will choose what is best for us even if it’s not what we want.
Additionally, The power of prayer might sometimes be the power to keep going. It may not always change your circumstances, but it does give you the courage to face them. When you pray, though, your load is lifted and carried by your Savior, who carried the cross to Calvary. If you believe God, it relieves you of a burden because you realize He desires to bless you far more than you desire to be blessed. And His giving capability is considerably bigger than your receiving capacity.
The difficult part of praying earnestly is trusting God to do for you what you can not do for yourself and at his own pace, even though we often want immediate answers or results. Of course, we expect our prayers to be answered right away, if not sooner. But, to dream large and pray hard, you must first think long.
“For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us.” Romans 8:18 tells us to focus on the future God has revealed in the Word as this will lead us to Him. Eternity starts with faith through reading God’s Word and following His ways and then praying for His guidance in all things, so our goals and desires change to His ways.
71. Philippians 4:6 “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.”
72. Mark 11:24 “Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.”
73. Colossians 4:2 “Continue in prayer, and watch in the same with thanksgiving.”
74. 1 John 5:14 “This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us.”
75. 1 Chronicles 16:11 “Search for the LORD and for his strength; continually seek him.”
76. Jeremiah 29:12 “Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you.”
God holds the future in His hands
God obviously knows the future since He can prophesy about things that have not happened yet. “Remember the former things long past, for I am God, and there is none like Me, declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times things which have not been done, saying, ‘My purpose will be established, and I will accomplish all My good pleasure,'” as stated in Isaiah 46:9-10.
The future can be frightening. We are sometimes pressured to figure things out by ourselves. In the middle of this pressure to arrange our lives perfectly, God reminds us that He is in charge and that we do not have to, and shouldn’t, map out our destiny on our own. God’s plan for our life is far superior to anything we might devise on our own.
“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God,” God declares in Isaiah 41:10. “I will strengthen and assist you; with my righteous right hand, I will uphold you.” We do not have to be afraid of the future as God holds our future and has a detailed map of our path and even paths for when we go astray. God is not finished with you yet, whatever He is doing in your life. This is even more proof that God has a wonderful plan for your future. God will not lead you for a short period of time and then abandon you to sort things out on your own.
God will never abandon or abandon you. God is constant in your life, and you can put your trust in Him to hold your destiny in His perfect and all-powerful hands. So forget about worry and confusion from this world. Instead, focus on the Lord who has you in His hands, ready to guide you and propel you into the right future, eternity.
77. Romans 8:18 “I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us.”
78. Isaiah 41:10 “fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”
80. Matthew 6:34 “Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.”
81. Psalm 27:10 “Though my father and mother forsake me, the Lord will receive me.”
82. Psalm 63:8 “I cling to you; your right hand upholds me.”
83. Proverbs 23:18 “There is surely a future hope for you, and your hope will not be cut off.”
The Bible says sensible people plan for the future, including Christians However, they are called to view the future through faith as God has better plans than man. God planned ahead when He sent Jesus to die for our sins showing His great ability to see the future and solve problems mankind cannot. Without Him, we would not be alive, nor would we be able to reach eternity.
We should arrange our earthly and eternal futures as He did. First, we must make God our top priority as He holds our future. Then, as we prepare for our worldly destiny with prayer, discernment, and assistance from others, we should remember God’s plan. If our plans alter, let us do God’s will. Let us trust God’s plan as ours are destined to fail.