We like to joke about the weatherman’s accuracy–or inaccuracy. Even he doubts himself, rating his forecast with an accuracy percentage: “70% chance of rain.” What about you? When the weatherman calls for rain on a clear day, do you take an umbrella or do you scoff at his understanding of the weather? When he’s wrong do you stop listening to him or do you just lower your expectations in his accuracy? After all, he’s a human who reports what he sees. He doesn’t control the weather.
We expect a lot more from the one who created the weather patterns, who controls them, who knows with 100% certainty what will happen, when it will happen. So, we believe God when he forecasts our hope in heaven. It looks cloudy, but he’s promising sunshine. We believe him. World peace seems doubtful , but heaven’s peace we know is absolute. It feels like God is ignoring us, but he forecasts his care for every detail of our lives, so we trust him and wait. He promises love, provision, and comfort in heaven, so we know we don’t need to take anything with us, not even an umbrella.