VIEW FROM THE PULPIT: Forget about the future

Despite the advent of technology, the future is not ours to predict.

The future is not ours to predict.

Nevertheless, some try. In 1899, Charles H. Duell commented, “Everything that can be invented has been in invented.”

He was wrong.

In 1943, the chairman of IBM, Thomas Watson, predicted that there was a world market for maybe five computers.

The president, chairman, and founder of Digital Equipment Corporation said that he saw no reason anyone would want a computer in his or her home.

Even Bill Gates was greatly mistaken in his predictions when in 1981 he said, “A computer with 640 K of memory “ought to be enough for anybody.”

The computer we have at home has many times the maximum memory that Bill Gates suggested.

There was a prediction from an expert at Decca Recording Company that didn’t turn out as expected.

He stated, “We don’t like their sound and guitar music is on the way out.”  That was his evaluation of the biggest-selling musical group of all times, The Beatles and proved to be very much off the mark.

I don’t know what will happen next year, next month or even tomorrow.  I do know one thing – our Lord is in the future before we get there and will be with us.

Also, in Matthew 6:34:  “Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself.

Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.”

Committing our life into the hands of Jesus lessens the fear and worries of the future.

– Ken Schauer is pastor of the Christ Lutheran Church in Grand Forks