By David McClasland Our Daily Bread

Facing the future


In 1992, TIME magazine published a special issue making predictions about what would happen in the new millennium. Some general observations were on target, but no one foresaw many of the events and innovations that have radically changed our lives.

The most telling statement was, “The first rule of forecasting should be that the unforeseen keeps making the future unforeseeable.”

Jesus reminds us that our view of the future that omits God is foolish and proud. “Come now, you who say, ‘Today or tomorrow we will go to such and such a city, spend a year there, buy and sell, and make a profit’; whereas you do not know what will happen tomorrow… Instead you ought to say, ‘If the Lord wills, we shall live and do this or that’” (James 4:13-15).

Many people used to begin their statement of plans with, “Lord willing”.

God holds the future in His hands
With grace sufficient day by day,
Through good or ill He gently leads,
If we but let Him have His way
- Rohrs

The phrase may have become trite, but the acknowledgement of God’s overruling hand is not.

As we look ahead with God firmly in view, we can face the future with confidence in His loving plan.

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