Predictive Accuracy

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Furry rodents predict the future?

On February 2, 2019, Nova Scotia’s own “furry weather prognosticator” (Shubenacadie Sam) saw his shadow, predicting six more weeks of winter. Somebody said he didn’t see his shadow so I was encouraged that spring was here! Obviously this person was joking, explaining the snow on February 21st.  All joking aside, people do believe a small furry rodent can predict (prognosticate) the future. Some stats suggest these magical rodents are correct about 33.33% of the time.

For people living in our neck of the woods, we doubt the accuracy of weather predictions because we know the weather here can change in a heartbeat. How many times has rain been forecasted, but it isn’t raining? When it comes to predictions and forecasts, let’s be honest, we are skeptical about the accuracy.

But, there is one prediction you can believe. According to scholars, the Biblical predictions (prophecies) about Jesus in the Old Testament number more than 300. Peter Stoner in his classic book, Science Speaks, calculated that the chances of anyone fulfilling just eight of these prophecies to be 1 in 100,000,000,000,000,000 (10 to the 17th power). The mathematical probability of Jesus fulfilling just one, let alone all of them, is highly unlikely and literally impossible. But He did with 100% accuracy!

Prophecy:

"Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel.” Isaiah 7:14

Fulfillment:

"The angel answered, “The Holy Spirit will come on you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God." Luke 1:35

This is not just an opinion about Jesus, it’s the kind of accuracy we all look for but eludes many the skeptic. It’s called Truth and…“nothing, you see, is impossible with God.” Luke 1:37 (MSG)

I don’t know about you, but I need more of His kind of accuracy in my life. There are just too many things in the news these days that make us scratch our heads and make us wonder if things will ever change? My advice would be to put your faith in Jesus who is ‘the way, the truth, and the life!’

Got questions after reading this? I’d love to hear from you and talk through any thoughts and questions you might have.

Have a great week!

Tim

ps. If you want to see change with what's around you, be the change of what's within you.