Predicting the Future

I certainly am pleased we haven’t followed the predictions of this Superannuation company.

Luke 18:31-34

Reference: Jesus took the Twelve aside and told them, “We are going up to Jerusalem, and everything that is written by the prophets about the Son of Man will be fulfilled.” (Luke 18:31 NIV)

Explore: In 1987 a Superannuation company predicted what the price of certain things would look like in 2010. In some cases, it wasn’t far wrong.

In 1987, a tank of petrol was $30.00. In 2010 it was predicted to be $176. A car service was $50, but this was predicted to rise to $293. These are fairly close to our current reality.

Some predictions, however, were way off.

In 1987, apples were $1.69/ kg and predicted to rise to $9.92/kg! A family car was $18,000 but predicted to rise to $105,686. And a $350 men’s suit in 1987 was predicted to rise to $2055.

Although I am often the first to complain about the cost of living these days, I certainly am pleased we haven’t followed all the predictions of this Superannuation company.

Application: Many people try to predict the future. We try to determine what is going to happen so we can change our current behaviour to accommodate.

While we don’t have to step naively into the future, I would say we need to be mindful of those we listen to.

When Jesus spoke about the future, many people didn’t understand what He was talking about. And yet, His predictions were spot on. They were much more accurate than a superannuation company!

His words are still important for us today. If He was able to speak confidently and correctly about the future then it would be in our best interest to listen well.

Prayer: Lord, speak into my life that I would change my current behaviour to accommodate for all You have in store for me. Amen.

What do you hear Jesus saying about your future?

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This article was written by Linda Bailey

Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.