Life is difficult.
The sooner we embrace this truth, the better. In life’s difficulties, humans are hardwired to search for meaning but we often look in places that make life more difficult.
The writers of the Bible invite us to find meaning by doing something extraordinary. They urge us to remember the future.
While remembrance is related to the past, christians are reminded of the biblical promises of the future. Many of these are already fulfilled in the past—especially the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. They give us the reasoned confidence to remember the future. Others are yet to be fulfilled and they give us the real hope and real meaning we need to thrive in the now.
Over the next couple of months, we will be peeking into the future through the book of Daniel in the Bible. He gives us the pattern of the world we live in and the promise of the world to come, so we can be transformed from getting as much for ourselves for our own good, into giving of ourselves for everyone’s good.
Remember the Future
Life is difficult.
In life’s difficulties, humans are hardwired to search for hope. But we often look for hope in ways and places that make life more difficult.
Hope has been described as the joy that comes with the certainty of justice.
The writers of the Bible invite us to find this joyful hope by doing something extraordinary. They urge us to remember the future. While remembrance is related to the past, we are encouraged by remembering the future.
So much human history was foretold by God, long before it happened—particularly the birth, life, death and resurrection of Jesus. This gives us the confidence to trust God for His promises of what is still to come. This is how we remember the future.
Over the next few months, we’ll be studying the book of Daniel.
It’s a book of the future foretold. Even today, it gives us a realistic portrait of the times we live in, and a beautiful picture of the time to come. It can change us from being people who strive to get as much as we can for our own good; and turn us into people who live to give as much as we can for everyone’s good.
We can live freely in the present because we remember the future.
On Sunday mornings, Redeemer meets at 10:15am at Qutub Residency Hotel, 81, Sri Aurobindo Marg, MMTC Colony, Adchini