The Future Isn’t What It Used to Be

Nothing is impossible with God. ~ Luke 1:37 (NIV)

The Future Isn’t What It Used to BeIn 1890 Bishop Wright preached on the impending return of Christ. He said everything God had sent man to do on earth was done. A member of the congregation jumped to his feet and predicted that some day man would fly. The bishop responded with the infamous line: “If God had intended man to fly, he would have given him wings.”

When we view the whole of creation, we realize God’s work was indeed good—and incomplete. He did not give us wings with  which to fly, replacement parts for failing organs, or antibodies for deadly diseases. His creative work is a beginning; our job is to continue His work by subduing, improving, and imagining what can be from what is not—yet.

Prayer is the way we recognize potential in others. ~ Mark Batterson

When Mary learned she would become pregnant God’s anointed one, she asked, “How will this be?” The angel of God replied, “Nothing is impossible with God.”

You may not see yourself as a prophet, but you are one. ~ Mark Batterson

When we follow God wholeheartedly, we no longer bemoan what was or what isn’t—we anticipate what will be. “The call of God is like the call of the sea,” wrote Oswald Chambers. “No one hears it except the person who has the nature of the sea in him.” This call begins with the transforming work of Christ’s Spirit within us. When we allow Him to lead, possibilities abound.

Thirteen years after Bishop Wright preached on the impending return of Christ, his two sons, Orville and Wilbur, made the first powered flight by man at Kitty Hawk. What impossible task lies ahead of you? Sometimes all that is necessary is to respond with confidence to the task God places before us.

Prayer is the way we write the future. Mark Batterson

(Portions of this post excerpted from My Father’s Business.)