How many times have we heard, “I’ll never do that” or “That will never happen”? We hear it all the time and then when a reversal comes about, guess what those who said “never” have to do? They have to account for being wrong in the first place and then also explain why they changed their mind. Netflix just did this with adding a $7/month ad-supported streaming option. Reed Hastings had said they would never do this, but now they have. Wouldn’t we just be better to never say never?
As long as there are humans, the word “never” will be bandied around and said with full confidence and then later be pulled back. We are human and this is part of who we are, sadly. But, that doesn’t mean that we can’t try really hard to not fall into the trap of “never” and then later to not have to explain ourselves. I think it better that we leave the word “never” to God, for when He says it, we can count on Him and His word, forever.
Reference: Genesis 9:11 (New Living Translation)