“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.’ 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. Instead, you ought to say, ‘If it is the Lord’s will, we will live and do this or that.'” James 4:13-15
It’s the end of another year. Midnight rings in the beginning of a new one. And every year the seers and the prognosticators make their predictions on everything from politics to celebrity break ups. Some trends are pretty easy to figure out. The proverbial hand writing is on the wall in other cases. Others are subject to “this has to happen first and then…”
The thing about predictions…you pretty much have a 50/50 chance of being right. And some predictions you can say just enough so that no matter the outcome you at least sound half right.
Back in the “old days” (when I was growing up) one of the most famous psychics of the time was a woman by the name of Jeane Dixon. You may have heard of her. She is most famous for her prediction of the Kennedy assassination (which, in truth, she never really did). Though most of her predictions were vague and could be construed in any number of ways to make it sound accurate, millions followed her column in newspaper.
Edgar Cayce, known as the Sleeping Prophet, has a whole foundation (A.R.E.) that carries on his “work” and promotes his predictions.
Every year a late night radio program called “Coast to Coast” has callers make predictions for the new year, which they track throughout the year and present the results near the end of that year. Millions around the world tune in.
Ruth Montgomery was a well respected journalist, political columnist…and psychic. She wrote 11 books on psychic phenomena and the paranormal which are read to this day.
There is always someone who claims to predict the future. And there are always be those who seek them out to learn what the future holds. We are a species desperate to know our fate.
I don’t claim to know the future, other than what God says in His Word. And I won’t make predictions on this last day of 2014, except to say this… It is enough that I know and belong to the One who holds not just my future, but that of the entire world, in His hands. I know that He is trustworthy; no matter what 2015 holds I know that it will not be a surprise to Him and He already knows how to see me through. And whether this will be just another of many years yet to come for me or my last, I am secure in the knowledge that He holds me.
Many blessings to all of you in this coming year. May your walk with Him grow deeper, your love for Him grow stronger, and your trust in Him become firmer. Have a God filled, Christ centered 2015.