Has life gotten this confusing?

By Frank Obonyo, :: 15-02-2012

Frank Obonyo

Open up any daily newspaper, switch on the radio in the morning and you will find distant future predictions for today, tomorrow and the future. There are books for us to read about how to prepare for the future and much information about future safety and how to use your potential in order to achieve. 

When I was in primary school, there were magicians who came as palm readers and predicted how successful or unsuccessful one would become! But, the truth is, no man knows another’s future.  Ecclesiastes 14:10 says, “A fool also is full of words: a man cannot tell what shall be; and what shall be after him, who can tell him?”
 There is a Greek myth told about a king called Midas. He was a very kind man who ruled his kingdom fairly, but he was not one to think very deeply about what he said.
One day, while walking in his garden, he saw an elderly satyr (old woman) asleep in the flowers. Taking pity on the old woman, King Midas let her go without punishment. When Dionysus (a small god) heard about it, he rewarded King Midas by granting him one wish.
  The king thought for only a second and said, “I wish foreverything I touch to turn to gold." And so it was. The beautiful flowers in his garden turned toward the sun for light, but when Midas approached and touched them, they stood rigid and gold. The king grew hungry and thin, for each time he tried to eat, he found that his meal had turned to gold. His lovely daughter, at his loving touch, turned hard and fast to gold. His water, his bed, his clothes, his friends, and eventually the whole palace were gold.
King Midas saw that soon his whole kingdom would turn to gold unless he did something right away. He asked Dionysus to turn everything back to the way it had been and take back his golden touch. Because the king was ashamed and very sad, Dionysus took pity on him and granted his request.  
Instantly, King Midas was poorer that he had been, but richer, he felt, in the things that really count. Sometimes, in life, we are Midas. People want to secure the future in many ways, no matter what it takes and at the end; the fruit is frustration, humiliation and loss of self esteem.Others are doing all possible things in order to survive like taking bribes, going to the extreme of child sacrifice and many others.
 Unlike King Midas, who had unquenchable desire for wealth no matter what it took to secure a great future, we have the Lord God whom we can entrust with our future.
Knowing who you are in Christ is essential in securing your future. You’re complete in him who is above of all principalities and power (Colossians 2:10). You can do all things through Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:13). You are the head and not the tail; you are above only and not beneath (Deuteronomy 28:13).
The word of God says: “Show me, O LORD, my life’s end and the number of my days; let me know how fleeting my life is. You have made my days a mere handbreadth; the span of my years is as nothing before you.
 “Each man’s life is but a breath. Man is a mere phantom as he goes to and fro: He bustles about, but only in vain; he heaps up wealth, not knowing who will get it. But now, Lord, what do I look for?
  “My hope is in you. The righteous will see and fear; they will laugh at him, saying, ‘here now is the man who did not make god his stronghold but trusted in his great wealth and grew strong by destroying others!” (Psalm 39:4-7).
 I conclude with Joyce Meyer’s very important remark from whose idea I got this headline: “Make a decision today to gain new insight and live a future with enthusiasm and passion. Learn to cooperate with God, and see the dreams he’s given you become a reality. Secure your future by depending on the Lord.”

The writer is a UCU almunus working with Compassion  International
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