FUTURES PAST: Counseling Children’s Choices


As a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up? How close or far are you from that vision?

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I doubt anyone could say they were not searching and wondering all through childhood what or who they would become.

My mother used to sing a sweet little song to me once in a while as we discussed these things.  “Que Sera Sera” (what will be will be) was made popular by Doris Day in 1956 and the lyrics went something like this:

When I was just a little girl
I asked my mother, what will I be
Will I be pretty, will I be rich
Here’s what she said to me.

Que Sera, Sera,
Whatever will be, will be
The future’s not ours, to see
Que Sera, Sera
What will be, will be.

When I was young, I fell in love
I asked my sweetheart what lies ahead
Will we have rainbows, day after day
Here’s what my sweetheart said.

Que Sera, Sera,
Whatever will be, will be
The future’s not ours, to see
Que Sera, Sera
What will be, will be.

Now I have children of my own
They ask their mother, what will I be
Will I be handsome, will I be rich
I tell them tenderly.

Que Sera, Sera,
Whatever will be, will be
The future’s not ours, to see
Que Sera, Sera
What will be, will be.

This song was not a fatalistic warning as many suggest.  It was not pushing the philosophy of predestination to be saved or lost forever, but rather it was a pleasant and observant view of life. Humans cannot see their own futures, but God can. Our Heavenly Father is the one who sees everything and brings it to pass.

Like Moses in (Exod. 32:10-14) we can pray and change God’s mind if He agrees with what we are asking. God told Moses to stand back so He could destroy the nation of Israel and make a great nation of Moses. Why did God change his mind? What was the price Moses paid by arguing to save the people? Moses got to lead the rebellious children of Israel for forty years in the wilderness.  God can change his mind. He has changed His mind many times. Why? He foretells what will happen and then He makes it happen. If He changes his mind, He does not make what He had planned happen.

Remember the former things of old:
for I am God, and there is none else;
I am God, and there is none like me,
10 Declaring the end from the beginning,
and from ancient times the things that are not yet done,
saying, My counsel shall stand,
and I will do all my pleasure:
11 Calling a ravenous bird from the east,
the man that executeth my counsel from a far country:
yea, I have spoken it, I will also bring it to pass;
I have purposed it, I will also do it
Isa. 46:9-11

How does God know what will happen in the future?

In verse 10, He declares the end from the beginning.

How does He know the end?

There are two possibilities: 1) He might know the end ahead of time or 2) He might make the end come to pass.

Is He talking about people or things?

He is talking about ancient times and things not yet done—he is talking about events.

How does He know?

God says, “My counsel shall stand; I will do all my pleasure. “

Does He say He will just watch it happen, or that He will do it?

In verse 11, He calls a ravenous bird from the East.

How does this happen?

I have spoken it and will bring it to pass.” “I have purposed it; I will bring it to pass.” “I will do it.”

2 thoughts on “FUTURES PAST: Counseling Children’s Choices

  1. This concept of God and His future knowledge is mind boggling! I cannot begin to understand it! I am glad that He is my God and knows what is best for me.

    Martha

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