had understanding of the times” (12:32) and were able to instruct Israel what to do. Wouldn’t it be a blessing to have such a gift—to be able to understand exactly what is going on in our time and discern the right path to follow? Occasionally we see persons with this gift in business, government, or the church. These individuals seem to be able to understand not only what is “trending,” but what is important to pursue in order to assure a successful future.
Not everyone has the gift. Although the remark may be apocryphal, many point to a statement attributed to Thomas J. Watson, chairman of the board of International Business Machines in 1943 to prove it is hard to predict the future: "'I think there is a world market for about five computers.