Vain Predictions

I found this piece on Disciple Magazine’s website and wanted to share it.

Vain Predictions
– Author: Rick Steele
“Living in the South can be humorous in the wintertime. Though I was born and raised in Ohio, I have resided the last thirteen years in Tennessee and Georgia. Each winter, it tickles me to watch our local weather forecasters make feeble attempts at predicting winter weather.

Truth be known, we don’t have much winter weather in the Deep South, and when there is even the slightest chance of frozen precipitation, preparations for the weather event border on paranoia.

Case in point, this past winter in the days leading up to the Super Bowl, our local meteorologists predicted a treacherous weekend, forecasting six inches of snow, followed by potentially dangerous accumulations of ice. Schools cancelled classes twelve hours before the bad weather was supposed to arrive. Grocery stores gleefully sold every loaf of bread and every drop of milk as frenzied customers filled their carts with enough groceries to last a solid month. Everyone in the community was prepared–all in anticipation for a two-day weather event, nonetheless!

Funny thing is, the dreaded snow and ice never came! Instead, the temperature never dropped below freezing, and the weekend supposed to be buried under the “white stuff” was deluged with rain. All rain. Lots of rain. Still, the sheepish explanations and excuses from the weather forecasters provided good comic-relief for an otherwise dreary weekend.

Though my tongue-in-cheek description of wintertime, Southern style, may seem a bit sarcastic, I only use the story for an illustration. You see, we should not be surprised that with all our sophisticated gadgetry and Doppler Radar we still cannot give accurate weather forecasts. Nor can we even remotely understand the intricacies of God’s universe. Jesus said, we don’t know where the wind comes from or where it is going, so how can we really claim to know what God is able to do or not do? (See John 3:8.)

This applies to those who tell us that life does not begin at conception, and that man evolved from an amoeba. With all of mankind’s technology and so-called learning, we’re not so smart after all, are we?”

Frozen Solid

Hebrews 9:14 How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?

As most of you know I am disabled. I have one of those disabled-persons placards that hangs from my rear-view mirror so I can park in the handicapped parking spaces. Today I had a few errands to run. It was very cold out here today and I dreaded going out in it but I couldn’t avoid it so I bundled up and loaded myself into my truck. As I swung my cane inside to it’s “spot” between the center console and the passenger seat I accidentally hit the placard. It had been so cold out that the plastic placard had frozen and the impact of my cane against it made it break…into three pieces! Now that is pretty cold.

Have you ever met or know someone who’s heart is so cold and hard that you think there’s just almost no hope for them? I’m sure we all have. But I have some great news: The Gospel of Jesus Christ has the power to break and thaw the hardest, coldest heart on earth! God is still on His throne, the Lord still saves souls! As long as there is still a breath of life in a person the Gospel can penetrate, cutting asunder like a two-edged sword as the Bible says. Never give up on someone that hasn’t been receptive; the Lord may give you just the right word the next time you see him/her that will plant the seed that leads to the harvest.

The Forecast

Our area, the Ohio River Valley, was expecting a sizable snowfall this weekend. The accumulations were predicted to be in the six inch range. We ended up with maybe two inches, most of which had melted by Saturday night.

Meteorologist say this part of the country is hard to forecast. I can’t recall exactly but it has something to so with out proximity to the Ohio River and the Appalachian Mountains. As of right now, they are calling for another big snowfall middle of the week, 4-6 inches. I’m not putting a lot of stock in their forecast at this point.

Over the years, many individuals and groups have made predictions, or forecasts if you will, concerning our Lord’s return. The Bible clearly teaches no man knows when Jesus will return, only the Father knows, but that He will return for His church. None of the predicted dates have been correct and the current ‘trend’ of forecasting a date on the Mayan calendar will not be either. I put no stock in those or any other of man’s forecasts of the end of time, or Day of the Lord. No, I put my stock, faith, in God’s Word alone.

2 Peter 3:10 But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up.