Guest post by Rev. Rollie Simmons.
Well, here we are in another year where the world is apparently supposed to end according to the ancient Mayan calendar. Did you know that there is an official 2012 end of the world website? (Please don’t go find it.) I noticed that it offered other important predictions if you wanted to click on the link (I didn’t), but my thought was what other predictions do I need if the world is ending? It also had some articles on how people can prepare for and survive it. Survive the end of the world!
This of course is nothing new as these kinds of predictions have been going on for generations. Does anyone still have some Y2K supplies in their garage? I will never forget how some Christians I was pastoring at the time were very upset with my evident lack of concern for the crash of 2000. I wasn’t preaching on it or providing weeks of survival coaching from the pulpit. And then when nothing happened, it was amazing how some believers actually acted sincerely disappointed that the end of the world didn’t happen.
I have discovered one very good thing about these repeated end of the world predictions. They are signs to me of what Ecclesiastes 3:11 says, “He has also set eternity in the hearts of men; yet they cannot fathom what God has done from beginning to end.” Is that not the prophetic truth about mankind? All these predictions are evidence that God has placed eternity into men’s hearts and, no matter how we may try, we will not figure it out. He placed eternity there to point us to Him, but man still stubbornly tries to find a way around God.
I don’t know what 2012 holds for us but I know God is holding us in His hands.
Rollie Simmons is the pastor of Trinity Church in Tacoma, Washington.