You Cannot Know

Do you want to know the future? Do you wish you could control the future? Are you trying to control it? Do you listen to predictions others are making? Do you make your own predictions? What are you basing them on? How often are you correct?

It is in our nature to want to know the future. We want to know when we will find a mate. We want to know when we will find the perfect job. We want to know when we will have children. We may even want to know when our days on this earth will come to an end.

The future is not ours to know. Sure, we may be able to make a few small predictions based on past experiences, but we cannot know exactly what the future will bring. Things change. Processes change. People change. Accidents happen. Miracles happen. For some of us, the lack of knowing the future is the genesis of our anxiety. Yet, every single one of us live in the unknown, whether we want to admit it or not.

The Apostles asked Jesus about the future just before He ascended into heaven. He told them it was not for them to know. If Jesus would not reveal the future to those who were the closest to Him, why should we think we should know?

I’ve seen on social media and heard with my own ears people stating the end times are here—Jesus will return before our lives have ended. A few days ago, I even heard another pastor make that statement. Folks, we cannot know when that will happen. Only God the Father knows when that time will come.

I pray we all stop fretting over the future. I pray we put our lives in Jesus’ hands. I pray each one of us trust Jesus to be with us and cast our cares on Him. You cannot know the future. Put your trust in Jesus. Cast your cares on Him. Be relieved of your anxiety. Know that Jesus will never leave you alone.

Acts 1:6-7 So when they had come together, they asked him, “Lord, is this the time when you will restore the kingdom to Israel?” He replied, “It is not for you to know the times or periods that the Father has set by his own authority.”

Published by martypressey

Marty is a Pastor, retired Marine and dedicated Christian who has taught adult Bible classes and preached for 20 years. He currently serves as pastor of 3 United Methodist Churches. He believes being well-grounded in the Scriptures is key to living a better life. He brings a layman’s viewpoint to all his classes and sermons, helping others understand how to apply Scripture to their daily lives. When he sees others understand the message of a particular passage, it brings him great joy. He has seen his faith increase exponentially over the years; fully believing God has a plan and is executing it. He feels blessed to be part of that plan.

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