Everyone wants to know what happens next. That makes predicting the future big business. Huge corporations spend millions on consulting firms to tell them what’s around the corner. Many of these consultants create computer models that take known facts and attempt to extrapolate from them an understanding of the unknown future.
But even in our modern era, many approach the future much as their pagan forebears did. Astrologists, spiritualists, psychics, mystics, palm readers, and other occult practitioners rake in huge amounts of money, especially in times of uncertainty.
In our everyday lives, we make sense of the future by looking at the past. The sun has been rising for a long time. We assume it will rise again tomorrow. None of us have seen tomorrow yet, so we use our brains the way scientists use their supercomputers. We extrapolate — make educated guesses.
But God doesn’t have to guess. For human beings, time passes sequentially. We’re like people along the street watching a parade. A helicopter pilot flying above the parade can see it all at once. On the ground, we see what’s right in front of us. From on high, he sees the whole parade at once, from beginning to end.
That’s a small picture of the way God sees time. Isaiah 57:15 calls Him, “the High and Lofty One Who inhabits eternity.” (NKJV) In other words, He’s already an eyewitness to the future….. [read more]