Looking For Something More
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I recently started watching ‘Flashforward’, an American TV series based on a Robert J Sawyer novel. The plot is fascinating; during a mass global blackout, people appear to have glimpses of their lives 6 months in the future. For some this holds happiness, others see catastrophes, and some see nothing at all.
Whilst Government agencies try to unravel this mystery, they analyse the impact of these visions. Knowing the future changed the way people lived each day: ‘Future is what we’re living for, what we’re living by.’ Lives had become about confirming, or fighting against, their future.
God has deliberately not revealed the details of our lives – we don’t know what is around the corner. The last fifteen months have taught us all that lesson. But through the Bible God does reveal that He has a future purpose, and He wants us to be part of that future. He tells His prophet Jeremiah “For I know the plans I have for you... they are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.” (Jeremiah 29:11) Glimpses of this future are shown to us throughout the Bible. And that’s what followers of Jesus are living for in this life now.
Humans have always been curious about the future, naturally seeking for greater meaning, for more. Think about how many films explore these themes. In the Bible, King Solomon writes that God ‘has planted eternity in the human heart’ (Ecclesiastes 3), using eternity as the sense of ‘something more’. We can content ourselves with looking at fictional depictions. But, if you find yourself searching a little more deeply about the future, or just feeling there’s ‘something more’ that you haven’t yet discovered, the Bible is a great place to start.
Useful Bible passage to look up 1 Corinthians 2:9
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