Mickey Newberry wrote the song entitled “The Future is Not What it Used to Be” which was recorded by Ronny Milsap. It is a story of a man and a woman; a story of sin and dejection all overcome with love only to have the relationship slip out of their hands. The relationship was good; at times it held so much promise; in the end the hope of a future together was lost.
In some ways the future seems to be deteriorating, if not already lost. This week I saw a pro-life organization buy an ad for the Super Bowl to celebrate the life of Tim Tebow, Heisman winner, Florida Gators quarterback, and strong Christian witness.
When Mrs. Tebow was pregnant with Tim, she encountered a disease that forced the doctors to recommend that she abort Tim. The family, devout Christians chose not to abort Tim. What a blessing of God today to have a fine young man as Tim Tebow.
But, the future is not what it used to be. I thought I lived in a country that would celebrate such an inspiring story but the future is not what it used to be. No, the release of the information about the ad caused shrieks and shrills of horror from pro-choice groups, politicians, commentators of the same ilk. This doesn’t need to be turned into a trumped up political hand wringing issue. Why can’t we just celebrate a God-inspired story? What people cannot celebrate such a story? I guess America can’t. The future is not what it used to be.
In the same week, the President, during the State of the Union speech, directly insulted the Supreme Court on a decision they made last week. A basic principle of our Constitution is the Separation of Powers; it is one of the pillars of our Constitution. But I guess it’s ok to insult another branch of the government. Numbskull Senators and Representatives rose to their feet to clap in agreement with the President’s crass comments, doing so directly in the face of the Supreme Court, seated in their presence. I guess in America, the future is not what is used to be.
Yet some things are and will be the same now and in the future; especially for believers. Jesus said, “I will never leave you or forsake you.” He hasn’t; he won’t, and the future is what it used to be.
In John 17:15-17 Jesus said: “My prayer is not that you take them out of the world but that you protect them from the evil one. 16 They are not of the world, even as I am not of it. 17 Sanctify them by the truth; your word is truth.”Jesus still protects us and He will make us mature and bring us home to the Father. The future is what it is supposed to be.
God said in Colossians 1:13-14, “For he (being Jesus) has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.”
We are still redeemed and forgiven. The future is what it is supposed to be.
Revelation 22:12-13 it says: "Behold, I am coming soon! My reward is with me, and I will give to everyone according to what he has done. 13 I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End.”
The future is in the hands of God only; He is the First and the Last. The future is what is is supposed to be.