No Man Knows The Future

Daily God Walk for Saturday, October 17, 2009

 Since no man knows the future, who can tell him what is to come? No man has power over the wind to contain it; so no one has power of the day of his death.     – Ecclesiastes 8:7-8

 There are some things that we don’t know and what the future holds is  one of them. We can make some predictions based upon known facts, but we cannot predict with certainty that nothing will happen to change the data we now have.

The Gulf Coast region of the United States had endured hurricanes for centuries and everyone thought they were well prepared and secure. Their confident preparation had not prepared them for two storms which entered the region within a month of each other in 2005. Hurricane Katrina was the single worst natural disaster in the history of the United States doing over $100 billion in damage, and over 1800 people lost their lives.

Were the people of the Gulf Coast prepared for a storm? Yes they were, but they had never seen a storm as devastating as hurricane Katrina. Though they were prepared to face any storm that they had known in the past they had no way of knowing how devastating this storm would be.

None of us knows our own future. We can prepare for all the things we know could happen, but we cannot be fully prepared for the unknown. A wise man prepares for the future, as he knows it – the wisest of men put their trust in the one who knows the future.

So, how can we at least be emotionally prepared to face the unknown? We can be prepared by placing our hope in the one who does know the future.

Ira Stanphill understood our need to trust the Lord for the future. He wrote the song, “I Know Who Holds Tomorrow.“ The chorus of that song goes like this; “Many things about tomorrow, I don’t seem to understand; but I know who holds tomorrow, and I know who holds my hand.”

We cannot know the future – but we can know the one who does.

 Promise: Our future is secure because we trust the one who knows the future.

 Affirmation: My future is secure because I trust the one who knows my future.

 Prayer: Lord, I cannot bear the thought of going into the future with your hand holding mine. Keep me near you. In Jesus name, amen.

 Bible Reading: Psalm 119:121-128 –Ezekiel 31-32 – Hebrews 11 – Proverbs 17

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