How good are you at predicting the future? When asked who’s going to win a sporting event between two evenly matched opponents, usually people will be cautious in their answers because it’s anybody’s game. Ask them after the game, and they will say, “I knew that would happen” and then give you all the reasons for that opinion. Hindsight is 20/20.
We know from experience that if we predict something beyond a shadow of a doubt, we oftentimes end up looking foolish. In 1773 King George II said that the American colonies had little stomach for revolution. Whoops! The Titanic was declared to be unsinkable. Whoops! In 1939 the New York Times said that TV wouldn’t succeed because Americans don’t have time for it. Whoops!
The moral of the story is this: “Don’t predict the future unless you know it.” None of us does. But is that true? “You spoke by the Holy Spirit through the mouth of your servant, our father David” (Acts 4:25). Jesus spoke through the mouths of the prophets hundreds of years before he came. When he came, everything happened just as he said it would. That was not dumb luck! Jesus fulfilled God’s promises—all of them! Now, when all of Jesus’ predictions in the New Testament come true, including that he will come and take you to heaven, you can say, “I knew that was going to happen!”
In fact, the most comforting thing about it is . . . you can say it now!