He Holds Tomorrow

Many things about tomorrow
I don’t seem to understand
But I know who holds tomorrow
And I know who holds my hand.

These words from an old hymn seem fitting for these times, don’t they? As 2020 has rolled into 2021, the news has not gotten any better; in fact, it seems to get worse by the day. Many are anxious, depressed and lonely as lockdowns increase and isolation drags on. Businesses are losing money as they are forced to close yet again. The political climate is tense and volatile, and the future is more uncertain than ever.

I will admit, my heart is weary from this past year. I am tired of the pandemic and of the bleak news reports. I am sad to be separated from loved ones, especially when little ones grow so fast. I am grieved over the ways in which the coronavirus has caused division, even in churches where unity and love should prevail. How do we hold ourselves steady in such shifting sands?

Here’s something I have been pondering.

What if, instead of complaining about what we cannot change, and asking, “When will this end?“, we asked ourselves a different question:

What is God trying to teach me through this?” What idols is He wanting to reveal? What am I holding too tightly that He trying to pry out of my hands?

For me, I have seen how I can idolize relationships and find my security in them. I have realized how much value control and knowing exactly what is coming next. The love of instant gratification has been revealed along with the desire for comfort. And I can be fearful of what the future will look like for my country.

Yet instead of looking around us, as Peter gazed at the swirling waves and began to sink, let us cry out with him, “Lord, save me!” (Matt 14:29-30). May He save us from our unbelief and our little faith. For He is in control! He knows what He is doing! Can we not trust in His sovereignty? Can we not spare a moment to sit at His feet as Mary did? Can we not turn off the news and rest our souls in prayer to the only One who has the power to work this mess together for good? He is on the winning side, friends, and if you are trusting in Christ by faith, you are too! Let us meditate on these truths.

For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him.  And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together (Col 1:16-17).

I form light and create darkness;
  I make well-being and create calamity;
  I am the Lord, who does all these things (Isaiah 45:7).

I don’t know about tomorrow; it may bring me poverty.
But the One who feeds the sparrow, is the One who stands by me.
And the path that is my portion may be through the flame or flood;
but His presence goes before me and I’m covered with His blood.

Ira Stanphill