What Does 2020 Hold

Through the years there have been many predictions about 2020. Many of these were made by sincere people, but they are funny to read as we enter 2020. I have compiled a list of a few.

Human feet will become just one big toe. In a lecture at the Royal College of Surgeons of England in 1911, a surgeon by the name of Richard Clement Lucas made a curious prediction: that the “useless outer toes” will become used less and less, so that “man might become a one-toed race by 2020.”

We’ll have ape chauffeurs. In 1994, the RAND Corporation, a global think tank that’s contributed to the space program and the development of the internet, said they expected us to have animal employees by the year 2020.

We’ll have personal helicopters. Popular Mechanics was pretty sure back in 1951 that every family in the 21st century would have at least one helicopter in their garage.

C, X, and Q will not be part of the alphabet. In 1900, Ladies Home Journal asked John Elfreth Watkins Jr., the curator of mechanical technology at the Smithsonian Institution, for his educated guesses about the future of language in the 21st century. The man of science boldly predicted that by the 2000s, “there will be no C, X, or Q in our everyday alphabet. They will be abandoned because they are unnecessary.”

We will have both telepathy and teleportation. Michael J. O’Farrell, founder of The Mobile Institute, has been an expert in the technology industry since 1985. But even the experts can make mistakes. In the 2014 book, Shift 2020, O’Farrell predicted that 2020 would be the dawn of the “nanomobility era.” “In the pending nanomobility era, I predict telepathy and teleportation will become possible by the year 2020—with both commonplace by 2040,” he said. Well, if you have this ability then you know what I am thinking.

Eating will no longer be necessary. This prediction comes from just 15 years ago, and it was made by futurist and computer scientist Ray Kurzweil. He wrote in his 2005 book, The Singularity Is Near: When Humans Transcend Biology, that by the 2020s, there will be “nanobots” capable of entering the bloodstream to “feed” cells and extract waste. As a result, they’ll render the mode of food consumption as we know it obsolete.

Although we may not be able to predict the future with accuracy, we can rest assured about the certainty of God’s predictions. In the Old Testament alone there are over 2,000 different prophecies that have already been fulfilled. Each of these prophecies came to pass exactly as God said it would happen. These were not just vague generalities, but they were incredibly specific and detailed. They dealt with issues for people, cities, and nations. Some were fulfilled within a few years and others took hundreds of years after the death of the prophet before fulfillment.

Has God made any predictions about you and the New Year? David asked a similar question when he asked, “What is man that thou are mindful of him?” It may be hard for you to imagine, but God is very interested in you and what happens to you.

So, what is God thinking about your future? Jeremiah states, “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the LORD, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.” God has given you a future. It is He that has provided you hope.

You may be saying, “But Pastor Chris, you don’t know what I am going through, you don’t know my circumstances.

“The doctor has given me a bad diagnosis and a worse prognosis.”            

If God is for us, who can be against us?

“My job is playing out without any hope of getting another.”

If God is for us, who can be against us?

“I was abused as a child.”

If God is for us, who can be against us?

“My marriage is about to break up.”

If God is for us, who can be against us?

“My children don’t serve God.”

If God is for us, who can be against us?

You are going to have a good year according to the Word of God. Romans 8:38-39 says, For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. This simply means God desires to have a personal relationship with you. Nothing can stop that. Not your past failures nor faults. Nothing!

So, my friend, it’s not “what” but “Who” holds 2020. If you place your trust, not in the stars but in the Maker of the stars, then you will know everything will be all right for 2020.

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