On January 28th, 2014, central Alabama was taken by a surprise snow that stranded hundreds of drivers and shutdown highways. Many people were forced to abandon their cars, while others had to sleep over at their workplaces and even at their schools. The surprise of the matter is that none of the weather forecasters reported the possibility of more than a few snow flurries, or at the most, a very light dusting of snow. So business went on as usual until about 30 minutes after the snow started falling and falling and falling….
Many people were very upset with the weather forecasters. One of the weathermen even went public “apologizing” for missing the forecast.
There is a lesson we can learn from this sudden snow. We must not think that man is so smart that he can always forecast what will happen next. Whether we are talking about the weather, our health, or anything else, man’s educated guesses are not fail-proof. Therefore, we simply must not put too much confidence in man.
Psalms 118:8 says, “It is better to trust the Lord than to put confidence in man.”
Truly, when we begin each day, may we pray and live by what James tells us in James 4:15: “For that ye ought to say, If the Lord will, we shall live, and do this, or that.”
What are your plans for 2018? Maybe it is to finally finish college or get married or move into a new house. Plans are good, but only God knows your tomorrows; therefore, “Boast not thyself of tomorrow; for thou knoweth not what a day may bring forth” (Proverbs 27:1).
The Bible tells us of a farmer who had a bumper crop one year. This man found himself rich. The man planned to build bigger barns to store his goods. This man thought of no one else but himself. He planned to take his ease and live the high life for years to come. But he failed to consider the most important matter: God. God might require his soul any time, then all these things would be meaningless, and He would have to spend eternity separated from God and his loved ones in heaven (Luke 12:16-21).
Jesus asked a question we should all consider in Matthew 16:26: “For what profit is it if he (any person) gains the whole world, and loses his soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul?”
Just like a sudden snow, Jesus could return any time. Are you ready? The members of the Gardendale church of Christ invite you to come visit with us any opportunity you may have to visit. We mind the spiritual things of God and desire to one day go to heaven. We would like for you and your family to come study the Bible with us and prepare for an uncertain future. We cannot always trust man’s weather forecast, but we can always trust God’s word.
–Michael R. Baggett