Predicting the Future
Sometimes they get it right: weather forecasters. According to their predictions, rain would come in the night so I labored to sow the seeds for our 2nd planting of radishes and lettuce. And right on cue, I heard the pitter-patter of raindrops on the skylight during the early hours of pre-dawn. Perfect! This makes me think of God’s faithfulness; when I am faithful to read God’s word on a daily basis, I can rest assured the direction I find there will be right on target in guiding the decisions I will make today. Too bad the weather predictors aren’t as dependable as God’s word. His faithfulness is proven again and again to me.
Sometimes they get it right: financial advisors. My investments are small, but others depend highly upon these people who study stock market trends. Retirement funds grow or dwindle to almost nothing on the advice of professionals in the trends of Wall Street. Does this worry me? Not hardly. I’m finding confidence in God’s provision; once I determine to spend wisely, save modestly, and give generously, He will look out for my interests! “Bring all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be food in My house *(provision for the Priests of that day and the pastors of today)* And try Me now in this” says the LORD of hosts, “If I will not open for you the windows of heaven and pour out for you such blessing that there will not be room enough to receive it.”
(Malachi 3:10) *My added input*.
Always, not sometimes, but always: God gets it right. The foundation of the knowledge I possess begins with God’s word. “The fear (respect) of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding. For by Me your days will be multiplied and years of life will be added to you.” (Proverbs 9:10,11) My days are numbered and the number is getting smaller, but I trust God to direct me and continue my life as long as He finds purpose and glory for Himself within my activities.
God’s word assures me of purpose! “For You formed my inward parts; You covered me in my mother’s womb. I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.” (Psalm 139:13,14) Old Testament advice is still valuable to for us today. “Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding: in all your ways acknowledge Him and He shall direct your paths.” (Proverbs 3:5,6) As long as we keep our eyes on the word of God, treasuring it within our hearts, God assures us we can depend on Him!
The future is uncertain – that’s a given. Yet, God’s promises are true and eternity is His home territory. Jesus said it this way, “Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me. In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also,”
Start your day with God’s word. Let it tutor you through the day. He is worthy of trust! Trust Him with your todays and tomorrows!
(Scripture from the New King James Version)