Quite often, Jilly will say to me, ‘It looks like rain’, and I will reply, ‘Well there’s none forecast.’ Then Jilly will say,’But they look like rain clouds to me.’ More times than not she is right! I rely on the weather forecast online and am often wrong!! People can learn to predict the weather by looking around them at what they see. It seems to me that farmers are particularly adept at reading the book of nature. They make great, instinctive meteorologists.
Jesus spoke about the need to similarly read the times. It’s been said that a prophet is someone with a Bible in one hand, and a newspaper in the other – a person who can understand the contemporary scene in the light of Scripture. In the Old Testament, in 1 Chronicles 12:32, we read about the men of Issachar who understood the times and knew what Israel ought to do . May The Lord help us to be in their number. Stay close to God and get His perspective on the news. That amounts to wisdom.