Don’t Panic And Don’t Be Misled

Thursday February 18

Gratitude

Spend five minutes focusing on a couple of things you appreciate and thank God for them.

Word

Mark 13:5-8

Jesus replied, “Don’t let anyone mislead you, for many will come in my name, claiming, ‘I am the Messiah.’ They will deceive many. And you will hear of wars and threats of wars, but don’t panic. Yes, these things must take place, but the end won’t follow immediately. Nation will go to war against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be earthquakes in many parts of the world, as well as famines.

Content

Don’t panic

Jesus doesn’t want his followers to panic and he doesn’t want us to be misled. When it comes to predictions, be careful and think about who is doing the predicting and why. Here are three predictions that didn’t pan out.

“Television won’t last. It’s a flash in the pan.”

Mary Somerville, pioneer of radio educational broadcasts, 1948.

“We can close the book on infectious diseases.”

Surgeon General of the United States William H. Stewart, speaking to the U.S. Congress in 1969.

“There is no chance that the iPhone is going to get any significant marketshare. No chance.”

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, 2007.

When people make predictions, it is always important to see if they are likely to personally benefit from the prediction. Some people after Jesus want everyone to think they are the Messiah who is going to save the world from disaster.  But, there is only one Messiah. And he already saved the world. When you have people saying, “The sky is falling, the sky is falling,” Jesus presses the “Don’t panic,” button.

 

Me

If you knew this was the last day of your life, what would you do? Now go ahead and do one of those things.

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