Predicting the future

Last weekend, while on vacation in New Orleans, we walked around Jackson Square. The space surrounding the square was filled with artists displaying their wares, people drawing caricatures, and fortunetellers. It reminded me of a fair (of sorts) that I went to several decades ago that was nothing but people telling fortunes. I believed some of the things I was told, not realizing how generic the ‘predictions’ were. Back then I believed that Tarot cards could show me my future and that a woman could hold something of my daughter’s and predict how she would turn out as an adult. I believed that carrying a certain stone or crystal could keep me and my family healthy or safe. I believed the alignment of the stars and planets could be interpreted to predict if I was going to have a good day or not. It all seems so silly now.

Even if I looked at any of that as just entertainment, which I no longer do, I have to consider the fact that it’s not of God, so I shouldn’t dabble in it. If God wants me to know something ahead of time, or if He gives me a sign or comforts my heart about a future event which I ask about, then that’s one thing, but to seek out ungodly people to predict my future can only be an act against God and my faith in Him.

I know today’s verse speaks specifically to the second coming, but I often think about it when I’m feeling anxious about the future. It reminds me that God’s got this (no matter what “this” is) and everything will happen according to His plan in His timing. Therefore, no amount of worry or stress on my part can affect that, thankfully.

He said to them, “It is not for you to know times or seasons that the Father has fixed by his own authority.
Acts 1:7 ESV

Please join me this week in praising God for His perfect timing. Let’s pray for the peace and assurance we can derive from knowing that God is in control, that He will answer all of our prayers according to His plan.