Recently, I heard a radio interview with a forecaster of trends in business and industry who stated that the key to forecasting is looking at both what’s trending today AND past events and cycles. In previous moments of change people have acted and reacted in similar ways. All of us must make decisions or plans of action that impact others as well as ourselves. If we do not make an effort to understand the future impact of our actions today, we all suffer the consequences.
How these observations apply to living as Christians in our world, I thought. When we focus only on the future we can become short-sighted and anxious. Reflecting on how people of faith have faced uncertainty in the past can help us learn to trust God with the unknowns of our time.
This is why Bible study is essential. We have access to a book (actually, 66) containing historical narratives, songs and poetry of God’s people as they dealt with the known and unknown circumstances of their times. This is why GROUP Bible study is also important. We can read, reflect, and learn together from actions taken by God’s people over the centuries and decisions they made, [both good and not-so-good] to live faithfully as God’s people.