Way back in 1989, Henry Kissinger, former Secretary of State said, “More than at any time in history, mankind faces a crossroads–one path leading to despair and utter hopelessness, the other leading to total destruction. Let us pray we have the wisdom to choose correctly.”?
Can you believe that was thirty years ago? Where has the time gone. And, what happened to the crossroads?
In these last weeks of the year, indeed the decade, it is natural to contemplate our presumption of the future. As natural as it is, many of us take one of two approaches to the future. One extreme is to simply ignore the what’s in store. Come what may, let it happen captain, whatever will be will be… The Bible has a verse for this. “Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring. “ (Proverbs 27:1)
The other extreme is to plan everything. Or think we can. “Now listen, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money.” Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. Instead, you ought to say, “If it is the Lord’s will, we will live and do this or that.” (James 4:13-15)
Perhaps an answer is somewhere in the middle. Proverbs tells us, “Listen to advice and accept discipline, and at the end you will be counted among the wise. Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the LORD’s purpose that prevails.” (Proverbs 19:20-21) Its Ok to have plans. In fact, it’s preferable. But just understand that in the end, it’s the Lord’s plans that matter.