It was amazing to see all of the interest about the prediction of the end of the world on May 21st. It is sad to me that so many people bought into that prediction (from the same man who wrongly predicted it in 1994). Many even spent their life’s possessions to advertise this “prophecy” and some went to Times Square in New York City to await the 6 p.m. deadline. How sad!

A few minutes after 6 p.m. on the 21st, I received a text from a friend asking, “Are you still alive? Are you still on earth?” My answer was: “I’m still here.”

Such false and misguided prophecies come along regularly. Remember all of the worries about the turn of the millennium in 1999? Remember the predictions about the Y2K virus that was going to ruin every computer? Remember the fears and anticipations of the calendar changing to 2000?

Why all of the fear? Why do people so quickly look for prophecies and predictions about end-times?

For me, I will simply believe Jesus who said about such end-times (this is my paraphrase), “No one knows, not even the Son, but only the Father. So when people say ‘Look here it is’ or ‘There it is,’ don’t go running. The Kingdom of God will come like a thief in the night, so live in a state of relaxed expectancy.”

I don’t know where I first heard that phrase “relaxed expectancy” but I believe it summarizes our Christian attitude about the future. We live our lives expecting to see God’s reign at work at any time, but we can relax in our faith in God’s grace in the midst of such expectation.

So the next time another “prophet” comes along who is certain he has the dates, times, hours, and style – don’t fall for that. Instead, trust in God, put your faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, and live in relaxed expectancy.

I’m still here, so there must be more ministry that God wants me to do.