So – I periodically get these book summaries here at work and some of them are interesting. The “Take Away” bullet points at the beginning of this one (The Future of Everything by David Orrell) really stood out. Notice the seventh one:
1. The modern quest to predict the future is crucial in weather, medicine and economics.
2. Forecasting has evolved since soothsayers and prophets – but not as much as you might think.
3. Ancient Greeks viewed the Oracle at Delphi as having mystical prophetic powers.
4. Plato and Socrates’ premise that people can use simple principles to understand complex systems is the basis of the modern scientific method.
5. Scientists from Galileo to Isaac Newton saw the universe as ordered and structured.
6. Today, most people believe meteorologists, doctors, scientists and economists know more about the future than they actually know.
7. “Past performance is no guarantee of future results” always applies. Forecasting, particularly in the long term, is complex and subject to many contingencies.
8. More information has not necessarily meant more accurate…
Aren’t you thankful that this statement does not apply to God and His promises? Instead, the direct opposite is true: Past performance IS a guarantee of future results! Consider –
- Every promise made and kept was perfect and in His time.
- Every promise pending will be kept, perfectly, in His time.
- Based on the character and past perfect work of God in history, He can be completely trusted for both the present and the future.
- He governs the affairs of men and is also personally concerned with, and able to relate to our daily temptations and fears.
- Even when we are faithless, He is still faithful. For He can not deny himself. (2 Tim 2:13).
Be encouraged today by the Lord and His perfect past performance which guarantees a hope-filled, glorious future for His kingdom and it’s citizens.