It’s that time of the year when psychics make their predictions for the future. But, given their accuracy rate, should they be trusted?
Fine, once in a while a bit of common sense, knowledge of current events, and good guessing means they hit their target (or at least get close and just claim credit anyway). But they’re wrong more than they’re right.
For example, Nostradamus himself forecasted a global famine back in 2008 and, thankfully, it didn’t come true. Or there always seems to be some prediction about some meteor striking the earth.
If these self-proclaimed experts are so wrong about predicting the future, where does that leave common, ungifted folk like you and me? Must we guess with even less skill than theirs? Can we even hope for anything?
There’s good news here. This is an area where God likes to show off. A lot. God’s track record with predictions boasts a 100% accuracy rate.
Just page through the New Testament and note how may times God’s Word refers back to a prophecy in the Old Testament and says, in polite terms, “I told you it would happen.” Like the virgin birth of Christ or his resurrection, to name a couple biggies.
So, consider it safe to turn to God’s predictions and trust in them for your life, your well-being, and your happiness in 2021. Here are 5 foolproof predictions I know you will appreciate. And they will come true.
- “Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go” (Joshua 1:9). There isn’t a place or a problem in your life that will hide from God’s influence. So keep him involved.
- “Call upon me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you will honor me” (Psalm 50:15). Stay tuned into God’s solutions to your dilemmas. They will not always be what you expect … but even better.
- “Better one handful with tranquility than two handfuls with toil and chasing after the wind” (Ecclesiastes 4:6). Prioritize contentment over consumption and you’ll discover a better you.
- “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled,” Jesus promises in his Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5:6). When your striving and ambition is aimed at a right(eous) relationship with God, you will find meaning and satisfaction. Imbalance here will create emptiness and a daily grind that goes nowhere fast. Put God first.
- “Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 8:38,39). God’s love for you is stronger than death, stronger than your worries about the future, stronger than anything. Lose yourself in his love. Believe it when it seems impossible. He will not stop loving you, forgiving you, and leading you.
Find your security in the God whose past performance does promise future gain, and whose promises always find their fulfillment in you – even when you can’t earn them or don’t notice them.
And stay away from meteors just in case the psychics get lucky.
PRAYER: Faithful Lord and God, you could be happy enough predicting occurrences in nature or politics but you say that you’re not fulfilled unless your promises can come true in me. Clarify my faith to see and hear your wonderful words in the Bible, and inspire me to believe them always. Amen.
FURTHER MEDITATION: Based on the 5 verses above, pick out words or phrases that resonate with you. Then use the PRAY acronym:
- Praise (tell God what you appreciate about him)
- Repent (tell God about your sins, trust in his promises of forgiveness)
- Ask (go ahead, think big, or focus on a small detail, God wants to hear it all)
- Yield (talk to God about the next step after you say “Amen,” how you want faith to lead the way, how you are willing to be part of his answer and see it develop for your good)