During the month of March, basketball fanatics across the country place their focus on 65 college teams who compete for the NCAA championship.
For fun or for financial gain, a large percentage of these fans fill out brackets to guess the winners of the tournament.
The results are predictably unpredictable.
Prognosticators agonize about the match-ups to guess which upsets are most likely, but even the luckiest cannot see all ends. National competitions show that only a handful of people across the country escape with a few mistakes. Virtually no one picks all 64 games correctly.
Such mistakes highlight our human inability to foretell the future. We cannot know what events will cross our paths. This unpredictability, though, should not cause us to doubt or worry.
While the Bible clearly affirms our powerlessness to know the future (Proverbs 27:1), it also directs us to possess hope and confidence.
Jesus speaks of confidence in Matthew 6:31-33. We are to have confidence in our future here on earth. "So don't worry, saying, 'What will we eat?' or 'What will we wear?' For the idolaters eagerly seek all these things, and your heavenly father knows that you need them. But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be provided for you."
We are to have even more confidence in our future after death. The Bible is clear about the fate of those who have placed trust in Jesus Christ as lord and savior. Romans 6:5 says, "Since we have been united with him in his death, we will also be raised as he was."
Our unchanging God provides a solid foundation of hope. Come what may - even in the NCAA tournament - we can know without a doubt what he has in store for our future.