The question “how old is planet earth?” I typed in that question in the Google tool bar and came up with the answer of 4.54 billion years old. There are a lot of questions on how much, how many, how long and on and on we could go with the how questions. How old this universe is man will probably never find out and if we did how will it help us? Excuse me there’s another how question! I want you to think about this, the question is not how long or where did I come from but what should be on our mind is where am I going? As we open our Bibles we notice that there is only one verse that describes the beginning of creation.
Genesis 1:1 In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.Two chapters are devoted to the populating of the earth. One chapter is devoted to man’s fall and his eternal ruin, and then all of the rest of the book of Genesis, as well as the rest of the Bible, looks to the future and the coming of the Redeemer. If we are not careful we will waste time trying to figuring out the past, how it all began. I would like to look at this a bit different; what if you and I spent most of our time thinking about the past. How we could have done better and if we could only do it over we would do this and that. That’s all well and fine and yes we should learn from our mistakes, as well as teach others to avoid the same pit falls if possible. What about our future? There is not a thing we can do about yesterday but there is much we can do about the on coming days ahead of us. As my Daddy always said “that’s water under the bridge.” Meaning that there is nothing that can be done to change or correct what has already been done. If our Bible is telling us more about the future than the past shouldn’t you and I be thinking and planning for the future. It’s a fact that we are all going to die, but what about after that? They made fun of Noah, they didn’t understand why in the world he was building such a monstrosity of a boat. It did look strange and was strange if everything was going to stay the same. But Noah was building for the future not the present; he saw something others didn’t want to see and refused to see. The day the rain fell was a day that they wished they had planned for the future but it was too late for the present stole their future. I hear a lot about the coming of the Lord these days. Some believe that the day will never come and that there is no such thing at all and time will continue as it always has. There are others who believe that the Lord is coming and it will not be long. We can say that those are people who are looking past the present to the future. Don’t be like those in Noah’s day believing in the present and being robbed of the future. As the Apostle Paul said:
2Corinthains 13:5 Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates?
When a batter is called out because he watched the last pitch go right by him, you might hear the announcer say “he was caught looking.” Don’t you be caught looking when you should have put your trust in the Lord Jesus Christ as your Savior for that is letting the present rob you of the future.