Knowing the Future

Verlyn Verbrugge

READ : Genesis 41:14-32

Jesus said to him, “Do you see these great buildings? There will not be left here one stone upon another that will not be thrown down.” (Mark 13:2)

When I left a full-time pastorate many years ago to complete a degree program, I wished I knew what the future held. Where would I find work after I graduated? I had no guarantee; I went ahead in faith that God had something in store for me.

I can identify with Joseph, who said to Pharaoh, “It is not in me [to interpret the dream and tell you the future]” (Gen. 41:16). Yet Joseph forged ahead and accurately told Pharaoh the meaning of the dream. God, who not only knows the future but also ordained it, revealed it to Joseph.

Joseph is the first of many prophets who accurately predicted the future through the power of God’s Spirit. He pictures our Chief Prophet, Jesus Christ, who offered many predictions during his lifetime about the future. But Jesus did not need God to tell him the future; he simply knew, for he was God.

Above all, Jesus knew exactly what was awaiting him on his final trip to Jerusalem. He predicted it to his disciples three times (Mark 8:31-32; 9:31-32; 10:33-34). Yet he was determined “to give his life as a ransom for many” (10:45). Joseph predicted the future and was honored; Jesus knew the future and was crucified. But through his cross he became our Savior.


Lord Jesus, I thank you that you hold the future in your hand. Amen.