April 28

Psalm 22:25-31

“Posterity will serve him; future generations will be told about the Lord, and proclaim his deliverance to a people yet unborn, saying that he has done it.” vss. 30-31

Twenty-five hundred years ago the psalmist declared to his congregation that future generations would be told about the Lord and hear the good news of their deliverance. And he was right! The good news of our gracious and merciful God continues to be heard all around the globe in ways that the psalmist likely never imagined. Sometimes it’s hard to maintain that kind of optimism about the future. Given the current state of tensions and an underlying feeling of doom, it’s much easier to be pessimistic. Could it possibly be true that in the year 4600 A.D. people will still be hearing a message of unconditional divine love, hope, and forgiveness? Given the rapid changes brought on by technological advances in the last hundred years, most of us haven’t a clue about what life will be like then. Will there be colonies on Mars? Will robots have taken control? What about artificial intelligence and medicine? Will all diseases have been conquered? Will humans even exist any longer? Will they believe in God? Of course there’s no way to definitively answer any of those questions–we don’t have a crystal ball. But neither did the psalmist, and perhaps we would do well to imitate him, and confidently trust that God is eternal, and that humans will never tire of being told that they are loved!

Thought for the Day: What will it be like in 4600 A.D.?

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