When Abram was ninety-nine years old, the LORD appeared to Abram, and said to him, "I am God Almighty; walk before me, and be blameless. (Genesis 17:1 NRSV)

I read somewhere that the Masai people in Africa have no word for future. They have no vocabulary for talking about things that might happen tomorrow. We, on the other hand, are obsessed with the future. It has often been noted that the Eskimo people have 52 different words for snow. We have twice that many words in our vocabulary that refer to the future. There is even an entire profession--called futurists--who look into their crystal balls and make predictions about what life will be like for us in the years ahead based on advances that are taking place right now. And why shouldn't we want to know about the future? The future hold so much promise for us as God's people.

For example, there is a biotechnology company in Florida that is growing the inside of an orange--no peel, no pulp, no seeds, no tree--just the cells that produce the juice. To think, if this catches on, oranges will be grown in laboratories. A multilevel building will take the place of several thousand acres of citrus groves. Plus, there would be no worry about early frosts, blight, pesticides and herbicides, or droughts.

Yes, the future holds so much promise. But our future holds the most promise when we walk with God everyday of our lives!

Dear God, the future holds so much promise, especially when I'm walking with you. In Jesus' name, Amen.

Ron Newhouse

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