Future Results Guaranteed

“He said to his disciples, “Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?”” Mark 4:40

Many of us seek financial advice and there is no shortage of advisers eager to guide us. Whether they’re promoting investments in stocks, real estate, or crypto currency, most advisers love to tout the past performance of the investments they’re promoting. But they always close their pitch with the following disclaimer: “Past performance is no guarantee of future results.”

That may be true with financial investing, but it’s not true with following God. Reread the verse above. After a day of teaching about the kingdom of God, Jesus got into a boat with His disciples to go to the other side of the lake. “A furious squall came up, and the waves broke over the boat, so that it was nearly swamped. Jesus was in the stern, sleeping on a cushion. The disciples woke him and said to him, “Teacher, don’t you care if we drown?” He got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Quiet! Be still!” Then the wind died down and it was completely calm. He said to his disciples, “Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?”” (Mark 4:37-40)

Jesus was saying, trust me; I’ve taken care of you in the past and I will care for you in the future. That was God’s promise to the Israelites as they entered the promised land: “The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.” (Deuteronomy 31:8)

And it’s God’s promise for the future—all the way to eternity. “My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am.” (John 14:2-3) God’s past performance is a guarantee of future results. Have faith.

Having begun as a guest speaker in 2005, Dan was appointed Interim Pastor in 2008 and has been serving Maple Root Baptist ever since. As a small group leader and Chaplin for the Connecticut Tigers, Dan has a heart for the lost and the God that saves them.

Dan Kinnaman

Pastor, Maple Root Baptist Church