Only God knows the future

Published 8:13 am Monday, March 4, 2024

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From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham


Dear Rev. Graham: There’s a website that predicts the future claiming that it’s based on cultural trends, environmental changes, and advances in technology. People make no apologies for going to this site for its prophetic sourcing, yet they mock the Bible based on God’s truth that has stood the test of time. Isn’t this an insult to God? – P.F.

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Dear P.F.: It is wise to be cautious about those who claim to have supernatural abilities to predict the future precisely. At best, such schemes are mere guesswork. Often dabbling in this may lead someone into dangerous occult practices. The Bible clearly warns against such things (see Deuteronomy 18:9-13).

Only God knows the future, but we can certainly learn a great deal about it from the Bible. Over and over through the ages of time, God sent his prophets to the people to warn them of things to come. Rather than be fascinated in man’s predictions that fall short, we should be fascinated about what God has done – and is doing – in the world. When we explore the great truths of Scripture, delving into the book of wisdom will open our minds to God’s truth and this builds our faith.

The greatest discovery we can ever make in life is not some prediction, but the reality that God loves us and desires that every soul come to salvation in Jesus Christ. For those who repent of sin and trust Him as Savior, they learn to trust the future to Christ – it is in His hand.

We may not know what’s in store for us on Earth, but we can find peace in knowing that eternity for those who believe Christ will be glorious. “If God is for us, who can be against us?” (Romans 8:31, NKJV). Living on Earth with eternity in view brings hope of eternity that guides our steps on Earth.


(This column is based on the words and writings of the late Rev. Billy Graham.)