This time last week it was a balmy fifty degrees outside. The wind chill as I walked to work this morning was thirty degrees below zero.
As the Thursday-Friday work marathon continues, my God thought for the day is about the uncertainty of life. Sure, on the North American Prairie temperature swings of seventy degrees or so are a bit of uncertainty we are familiar with. Last week the long-term forecast predicted three weeks of temperatures below freezing. Now the long-term forecast says that we will see daily temperatures above freezing every day after the weekend. I get the impression that with all of their computer models, we just do not know as much about the future as we think we do.
What is true about the weather is true for much more important things. Tomorrow will always be a mystery. Perhaps the Lord will come back for us all today in the form of the second coming. Perhaps he will come for me, or for one of my loved ones individually to take them to their eternal reward. Here on Earth the uncertainty shows in elections, investments, wars, riots, auto breakdowns, health crises, and so on.
So let us remember the first of two important things Jesus taught us about facing our uncertain future. Let us keep looking forward to heaven, and not get so caught up in the worries of this world (politics, finances, health, etc.) that we stop waiting on the Lord’s return for our ultimate hope and deliverance. (I’ll get to the second one tomorrow… if we are both still around.)
From Matthew 25 in the ESV:
Then the kingdom of heaven will be like ten virgins who took their lamps and went to meet the bridegroom. 2 Five of them were foolish, and five were wise. 3 For when the foolish took their lamps, they took no oil with them, 4 but the wise took flasks of oil with their lamps. 5 As the bridegroom was delayed, they all became drowsy and slept. 6 But at midnight there was a cry, ‘Here is the bridegroom! Come out to meet him.’ 7 Then all those virgins rose and trimmed their lamps. 8 And the foolish said to the wise, ‘Give us some of your oil, for our lamps are going out.’ 9 But the wise answered,saying, ‘Since there will not be enough for us and for you, go rather to the dealers and buy for yourselves.’ 10 And while they were going to buy, the bridegroom came, and those who were ready went in with him to the marriage feast, and the door was shut. 11 Afterward the other virgins came also, saying, ‘Lord, lord, open to us.’ 12 But he answered, ‘Truly, I say to you, I do not know you.’ 13 Watch therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour.