"This 'telephone' has too many shortcomings to be seriously considered as a means of communication. The device is inherently of no value to us." - Western Union internal memo, 1876.
"There is no reason anyone would want a computer in their home." - Ken Olson, president, chairman and founder of Digital Equipment Corp., 1977.
"There is not the slightest indication that nuclear energy will ever be obtainable. It would mean that the atom would have to be shattered at will." - Albert Einstein, 1932.
"Television won't be able to hold on to any market it captures after the first six months. People will soon get tired of staring at a plywood box every night." - Darryl Zanuck, 20th Century Fox, 1946.
Many people like to make predictions about the future. Sometimes they actually come true. Usually they don't. That's because most predictions are based on little more than speculation and wishful thinking. When predictions do come true, it seems more a coincidence than an indication that someone actually had an inkling about the future.
The Bible is filled with prophecies and predictions. King David, writing 1,000 years before the birth of Christ, described his crucifixion in chilling detail in Psalm 22. In the sixth century B.C., the prophet Micah predicted that the Savior would be born in the obscure village of Bethlehem. Isaiah warned his countrymen that they would be conquered and captured by the nation of Babylon and taken into exile over one hundred years before it happened. These men were able to make such amazingly accurate predictions, not because they were lucky or clairvoyant. They were accurate because they were merely acting as spokesmen for God.
God knows the future. He knows perfectly what will happen in our world and in our lives. That doesn't mean that we are merely puppets on strings with no free will. But it's a fact that God knows what lies ahead. We can trust what he has to say about our future. Here are some of the things we tells us about our future:
"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," Jeremiah 29:11.
"We know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him," Romans 8:28.
"I will forgive their wickedness and will remember their sins no more," Hebrews 8:12.
"Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you," Hebrews 13:5.
"I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am," John 14:3.
No, God doesn't reveal to us every detail about every event that will happen in our lives and in our world. Don't look in the Bible for investment tips or the score to next week's game! But do count on God's promised presence, mercy, grace, and protection in your life. And trust what he tells you about a home in heaven one day.
- Brent Merten is pastor of Mountain Valley Lutheran Church, 802 Brush Creek Terrace, Eagle.