Every February 2nd, a quaint tradition replays in the town of Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania. A groundhog, affectionately named Punxsutawney Phil, emerges from its burrow. Superstition dictates that if the Phil sees his shadow, winter will continue for six more weeks. Great fanfare accompanies the event and most celebrate the tradition as a tie to their Pennsylvania Dutch and German heritage, its supposed origins. Interestingly, compulsively kept statistics have cast a dubious shadow upon the predictive accuracy of this mammal’s behavior, ranging between 28-39%, depending upon the source. In other words, far worse than predicted by random chance.
It’s all quite amusing, of course, but a prediction rate less than chance is dismal at best. Yet, how often do we give a passing nod to other so-called prophecies or predictors? Daily astrology tables are present in print and on the internet. Fortune tellers abound in nearly every city. Many Asian cultures celebrate the new year honoring one of a series of twelve animals, each with its supposed mystical traits and potential impact upon human behavior and events. All quite amusing, except when it is not.
History is replete with examples of leaders and nations, predicating major decisions based upon an astrological event or prophecy. Major battles and wars have been fought solely based upon the timing of a prophecy. Amidst these many pundits of prophecy, there is one source of prophecy that has a 100% accuracy. The Bible. From the first book of Genesis to the last book of Revelation, the Bible has hundreds of prophecies. There are prophecies as diverse as the 40 years of the Hebrews wandering in the desert, to the seventy years of Babylonian exile and naming King Cyrus as the monarch who would release the Jews, over 150 years before he was born! But the most glorious prophecies center around God’s redemptive plan for all mankind. Who would have predicted that God’s plan of salvation and reconciliation would begin with a child born of a virgin woman, a direct descendant of King David, in an obscure town of Bethlehem? Who would have prophesied that the Savior would be betrayed, tortured, and executed and be resurrected by God three days later? Only the Bible! And there are still more prophecies that are yet to occur. Jesus Christ will return to earth someday as the Supreme King to establish His Millennial reign.
For the Lord God does nothing without revealing his secret to his servants the prophets.
Amos 3:7 (ESV)
I’ll choose God’s Word over a groundhog or any other pundit of prophecy the world has produced. Every prediction and prophecy, declared over thousands of years has come true. It is a 100% success rate. And with such a flawless record, I am confident that the prophecies that are yet to happen will, for God cannot lie and His Word is Truth.
Love and trust the Lord; seek His will in your life.