Are You Ready for the Future?
As Jesus left the temple, His apostles asked various questions about the future (Mark 13:1-4). Jesus does not rebuke HIs disciples for asking these questions. He does not say, “It is for me to know and for you to find out.” He knew when such questions were sincere inquiries or a striving about words to “no profit to the subverting of them that hear” (2 Timothy 2:14).
Curiosity about the future is a natural, frequent, and legitimate thought we all have. Why do we raise such questions? Would our relationships with others hold greater appreciation and meaning? Would we be more diligent in areas where we have been slothful or indifferent? If the mystery about our future were made available to us, would we hope it were made in our favor? If our future showed goodness and prosperity, would we “take our ease” and “float along” with a boastful heart? If our future were revealed, several would lose faith and love for God. Some would reject the grace and mercy of God and guidance of the Holy Spirit. It is probably best we not know about our future. Plan for it anyway, knowing that somewhere at some time death will be a part of that future.
How are you dealing with the unknown of what tomorrow may bring? Jesus directed His disciples’ attention to the unknown in Mark 13:5-37 by emphasizing three things:
- Beware “...that no man lead you astray...” (v. 5).
- “Heaven and earth shall pass away: but my words shall not pass away” (v. 31).
- “Watch and pray” (vv. 33-37).
Do you suppose we need any more than that to help us with our future? Of course, God’s grace and mercy is essential, in the words of Jesus: “Which of you by being anxious can add one cubit unto the measure of his life? ...Seek ye first His kingdom and His righteousness” (Matthew 6:27,33).